hoisting, lowering, or flying of the ensign, it
displays the ensign on the triatic stay.)
Getting underway and coming to anchor
Falling in with other ships
Cruising near land
The union jack displayed from the jackstaff
is the size of the union of the national ensign
displayed from the flagstaff.
Ships display the union jack at a yardarm to
denote that a general court-martial or court of
inquiry is in session.
NATIONAL ENSIGN AT
The national ensign is displayed from 0800 to
sunset near the headquarters of every command
ashore. When the proximity of headquarters of
two or more commands makes the display of
separate ensigns inappropriate, the ensign is
displayed at the headquarters of the senior.
DISPLAY OF NATIONAL
ENSIGN IN BOATS
Waterborne boats of the naval service display
the national ensign at the following times:
When underway during daylight in a
During dress ship or full-dress ship
When going alongside a foreign vessel
When an officer or official is embarked on
an official occasion
When a flag or general officer, unit
commander, commanding officer, or chief
of staff, in uniform, is embarked in a boat
assigned to the officers command or in
one assigned for that officers personal use
At such other times as maybe prescribed
by the senior officer present
DIPPING THE NATIONAL ENSIGN
When any vessel, under the United States
registry or the registry of a nation formally
recognized by the United States government,
salutes a ship of the Navy by dipping its ensign,
it is answered dip for dip. If not already being
displayed, the national ensign is hoisted for the
purpose of answering the dip. An ensign being
displayed at half-mast is hoisted to the truck or
peak before a dip is answered.
No ship of the Navy dips the national ensign
unless in return for such compliment.
Of the colors carried by a naval force on shore,
only the battalion or regimental colors are
dipped in rendering or acknowledging a salute.
Submarines, or other vessels on which dipping
would endanger the lives of its personnel, are not
required to dip the ensign.
HALF-MASTING THE NATIONAL
ENSIGN AND UNION JACK
When the national ensign is half-masted, if not
previously hoisted, it is first hoisted to the truck
or peak and then lowered to half-mast. Before it
is lowered from half-mast, the ensign is hoisted
to the truck or peak and then lowered.
When the national ensign is half-masted, the
union jack, if displayed from the jackstaff, is
likewise half-masted. Personal flags, command
pennants, and commission pennants are not
displayed at half-mast except as prescribed in
Navy Regulations for a deceased official or
When directed by the President, the national
ensign is flown at half-staff at military facilities
and aboard naval vessels and at stations abroad.
It is flown at half-mast whether or not the national
ensign of another nation is flown full-staff
alongside that of the United States.
BOW INSIGNIA AND FLAGSTAFF
INSIGNIA FOR BOATS
A boat regularly assigned to an officer for
personal use carries insignia on each bow as
For a flag or general officer, the stars as
arranged in that officers flag
For a unit commander who is not a flag
officer, a replica of the command pennant
For a commanding officer or for a chief
of staff who is not a flag officer, an arrow