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Gun Salutes Rendered to Civil Officials of the United States
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for  officers  and  officials  entitled  to  15  guns  or less are not fired unless so ordered by the senior officer  present  or  higher  authority. GUN  SALUTES  TO  THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT When a flag officer embarked in a ship of that officer’s  command  arrives  in  port  and  is  the  senior officer  present  or  when  a  flag  officer  assumes command and becomes the senior officer present, that officer is saluted by the former senior officer present. The   senior   officer   of   one   or   more   ships arriving in port salutes the flag officer who is the senior  officer  present.  The  arriving  senior  officer’s flagship  fires  a  gun  salute  on  the  following occasions: When  a  flag  officer  who  is  the  senior officer  present  assumes  command When  a  flag  officer  who  is  the  senior officer present is relieved of command or is advanced in grade The  senior  officer  present  salutes  the  relieving senior officer  present  at  the  following  times: When a flag officer embarked in a ship of the  senior  officer’s  command  arrives  in port  and  is  the  senior  officer  present When  a  flag  officer  assumes  command  and becomes  the  senior  officer  present When  a  flag  officer  who  is  not  the  senior officer  present  assumes  command,  that  officer fires  a  salute  to  the  senior  officer  present. RETURNING  GUN  SALUTES United States ships and stations observe the following  regulations  in  returning  gun  salutes: A  salute  fired  to  the  nation  by  a  foreign ship  arriving  in  port  is  returned  gun  for gun. A  salute  fired  to  a  flag  or  general  officer by a foreign ship or station is returned gun for  gun. A salute fired in honor of the President of the  United  States  or  the  Secretary  of  State when acting as a special representative of the President is not returned. A  salute  fired  by  the  flag  or  general officer’s flagship or headquarters in honor of  the  flag  or  general  officer  is  not returned. A salute fired in honor of an anniversary, celebration, or solemnity is not returned. Subject to the provisions of  Navy  Regula- tions,  a salute fired in honor of a United States  officer  or  official  is  returned  with the number of guns specified for the grade of the flag or general officer rendering the salute, or, if not a flag or general officer, with seven guns. No  return  salute  may  be  expected  in  the case  of  a  salute  fired  by  a  United  States ship  or  station  in  honor  of  the  following officials or occasions. Otherwise, a salute fired  in  honor  of  a  foreign  nation  or  a foreign  official  or  officer  is  returned  gun for  gun. —A  foreign  sovereign —A  head  of  state —A  member  of  a  reigning  royal  family —A  special  representative  of  a  head  of state —A  foreign  anniversary —A   celebration —A   solemnity —An  official  visit No officer, except a flag or general officer, is  saluted  with  guns  except  in  return  for a  gun  salute  rendered  by  that  officer. No officer of the armed services, while in civilian clothes, is saluted with guns, unless such  officer  is  at  the  time  acting  in  an official   civil   capacity. No  salute  is  fired  between  sunset  and sunrise, before 0800, or on Sunday except when international courtesy so dictates or when related to cleat h ceremonies. A gun salute  in  honor  of  an  official  or  officer 8-5

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