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Gun Salutes Rendered to Civil Officials of the United States
The  salutes  prescribed  above  are  also  ren- dered   to   foreign   national   ensigns   and   aboard foreign men-of-war. ‘‘HAIL TO THE CHIEF” The   traditional   musical   selection   “Hail   to the  Chief”  is  designated  as  a  musical  tribute  to the President of the  United  States.  As  such,  na- val bands do not perform it as a tribute to other dignitaries.  Naval  personnel  give  “Hail  to  the Chief”  the  same  honor  as  that  accorded  during renditions  of   the   national   anthem   or   “To   the Colors.” GUN SALUTES Gun  salutes  have  been  a  tradition  of  navies throughout  history.  The  U.S.  Navy  follows  spe- cific regulations concerning gun salutes. SALUTING SHIPS AND STATIONS The Secretary of the Navy or the Secretary’s duly  authorized  representative  designates  cer- tain  ships  and  stations  as  “saluting  ships  and stations.  ”  These  ships  and  stations  fire  gun  sa- lutes  as  prescribed  in  Navy  Regulations.  Other ships and stations do not fire gun salutes, unless directed to do so by the senior officer present on exceptional   occasions   when   courtesy   requires them. Gun  salutes  to  the  flag  of  the  President  or the Secretary of State are carried out as follows: A  21-gun  salute  is  fired  to  the  flag  of  the President by the following:   —Each   ship   falling   in   with   a   ship   dis- playing such  flag,  arriving  at  a  place  where such   flag   is   displayed   ashore,   or   present when such flag is broken   —A  naval  station  when  a  ship  displaying such  flag  arrives  at  the  naval  station  or  when such flag is broken by a ship present   —A  flag  or  general  officer  assuming  com- mand or, while in command, breaking the flag of an  increased  grade  in  the  presence  of  a  ship  or naval station displaying the flag of the President Under   the   circumstances   prescribed,   a 19-gun salute is fired to the flag of the Secretary of State when the Secretary is acting as a special foreign representative of the President. Table  8- 1  lists  the  gun  salutes  rendered  to  civil  officials of  the  United  States  when  they  are  on  official visits. AUTHORITY TO FIRE GUN SALUTES TO OFFICERS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE As  prescribed  in  Navy  Regulations,  gun  sa- lutes for officers and officials entitled to 17 or more guns are fired on the occasion of each official visit of the individual concerned  (fig. 8-1).   Gun salutes Figure  8-1.—Gun  salutes  rendered  to  commis- sioned military officers of the United States on   the   occasions   of   their   official   visits. 8-3 Gun Salutes Officers Arrival Departure Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Chief of Naval Operations Chief    of    Staff,    U.S.    Air Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commandant of the    Marine Corps . . . . . . . . . General of the Army . . . . . Fleet Admiral . . . . . . . . . . General of the Air Force Generals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Admirals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Naval    or    other    military Governor,    commissioned as such by the President, within   the   area   of   his jurisdiction . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Admiral or Lieutenant General . . . . Rear Admiral or Major General . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rear Admiral or   Brigadier General . . . . . Other commissioned   officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 17 15 13 11 . . . . .

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