any other country, as a part of a medley is
When a foreign national anthem is
prescribed in connection with honors, and per-
forming the national anthem of the United States
is also considered appropriate, the national
ant hem of the United States is performed last.
On other occasions when foreign national
anthems are performed, the national anthem of
the United States is performed last, except when
performed in conjunction with morning colors.
Whenever the national anthem of the United
States is played, all naval service personnel not
in formation stand at attention and face the
national ensign; if the national ensign is not
being displayed, they face the source of the music.
When covered, they salute at the first note of the
anthem. Persons in formation are brought to
order arms or called to attention as appropriate.
The formation commander faces in the direction
of the music or ensign and renders the salute for
the unit. Persons in formation participating in a
ceremony, on the formation commanders com-
mand, follow the procedure prescribed for such
persons during colors; persons in civilian clothes
comply with the rules and customs established for
Personnel show the same respect prescribed
during the playing of the national anthem of the
United States during the playing of a foreign
MORNING AND EVENING COLORS
Naval commands ashore and aboard ships not
underway observe the ceremonial hoisting and
lowering of the national ensign at 0800 and sunset.
At 0800, this ceremony is known as morning
colors; at sunset, it is known as evening colors,
Commands carry out this ceremony as prescribed
in Navy Regulations as follows:
The guard of the day and the band are
paraded in the vicinity of the point of hoist of the
Attention is sounded, followed by the
playing of the national anthem by the band.
At morning colors, the ensign is started up
at the beginning of the music and hoisted smartly
to the peak or truck. At evening colors, the
ensign is started from the peak or truck at the
beginning of the music and lowered at a pace with
the music so as to be completed at the last note.
At the completion of the music, the bugle
call Carry On is sounded.
In the absence of a band, To the Colors
is played by the bugle at morning colors, and
at evening colors. The salute is
rendered as prescribed for the national anthem.
In the absence of music, a whistle sounds
Attention and Carry On to begin and end
the salute. Carry On is sounded as soon as the
ensign is completely lowered.
During colors, boats underway within sight
or hearing of the ceremony lie-to or proceed at
the slowest safe speed. Boat officers (or in their
absence, coxswains) stand and salute except when
dangerous to do so. Other persons in the boat
remain seated or standing and do not salute.
During colors, vehicles within sight or
hearing of the ceremony stop. Persons riding in
such vehicles remain seated at attention.
After morning colors, if foreign warships
are present, the national anthem of each nation
represented is played. Anthems are played in the
order in which a gun salute would be fired to, or
exchanged with, the senior official or officer
present of each nation. This is provided so that
when a ship is in a foreign port, the national
anthem of the port is played immediately after
morning colors, followed by the national anthems
of other foreign nations present.
SALUTES TO THE NATIONAL ENSIGN
Each person in the naval service, upon
boarding a ship of the Navy, salutes the national
ensign if it is flying. Each person stops on reaching
the upper platform of the accommodation ladder
or the shipboard end of the brow; faces the
national ensign; renders the salute; and then, in
turn, salutes the officer of the deck. On leaving
the ship, the person renders the salute in inverse
order. The officer of the deck returns both salutes.
When passed by or passing the national ensign
being carried, uncased, in a military formation,
all persons in the naval service salute. Persons in
vehicles or boats follow the procedure prescribed
for such persons during colors.