Boat keepers and all other personnel in boats not
underway and not carrying an officer, a petty officer, or
an acting petty officer in charge, stand and salute when
an officer comes alongside, leaves the side, or passes
near them. They should remain standing until the boat
passes or reaches the ship's side.
Personnel working on the ship's side or aboard a
boat do not salute unless ATTENTION is sounded.
Salutes aboard powerboats should be extended to
foreign military and naval officers.
During morning or evening colors, powerboats
should be stopped. The coxswain stands at attention and
salutes. All others sit at attention.
No junior should overhaul and pass a senior without
permission. The junior always salutes first, and the
salute is returned by the senior. If doubt exists about the
rank of an officer in a boat, it is better to salute than risk
neglecting to salute one entitled to that courtesy.
Subject to the requirements of the rules for
preventing collisions, junior boats must avoid crowding
or embarrassing senior boats. At landings and
gangways, juniors should give way to seniors. Juniors
should show deference to their seniors at all times by
refraining from crossing the bows of their boats or
ignoring their presence.
Juniors precede seniors into a boat but leave after
their seniors unless the senior officer in the boat gives
orders to the contrary. As a general rule, seats farthest
aft are reserved for senior officers. In personnel boats
and motor whaleboats with no officers embarked, the
stern sheets usually are reserved for chief petty officers.
Officers seated in boats do not rise in rendering
salutes except when a senior enters or leaves the boat.
The position of attention in a boat is sitting erect.
Enlisted personnel who are passengers in running
boats with officers maintain silence under ordinary
Boats transporting seniors to a landing should be
given first opportunity to land.
Except when excused by proper authority, boats
should stand clear of shore landings and ship's
gangways while waiting, and crews should not leave
their boats. If a long wait is probable during bad weather
or at night, permission may be requested to make fast to
a boom and for the crew to come aboard.
When a visiting party is alongside, the petty officer
in charge should go aboard and obtain permission before
allowing any of the visiting party to leave the boat.
DISPLAYING NATIONAL ENSIGN,
PERSONAL FLAGS AND PENNANTS
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the
proper display of the national ensign, personal
flags and pennants, bow insignia, and flagstaff
ornaments on small boats.
This section discusses the proper display of the
national ensign and personal flags and pennants from
boats of naval vessels.
The national ensign is displayed from naval vessels
at the following times:
When in port or at anchorage, the national ensign
and the union jack are displayed from 0800 until sunset
from the flagstaff and the jackstaff respectively. A ship
that enters port at night, when appropriate, displays the
national ensign from the gaff at daylight for a time
sufficient to establish the ships nationality; it is
customary for other ships of war to display their national
ensigns in return.
During daylight, when underway in a foreign
When required to be in full dress.
When going alongside a foreign vessel.
When an officer or official is embarked on an
When a flag or general officer, a unit commander,
a commanding officer, or a chief of staff, in uniform, is
embarked in a boat of his or her command or in one
assigned to him or her for personal use.
At such times as may be prescribed by the senior
officer present afloat (SOPA).
PERSONAL FLAGS AND PENNANTS
Personal flags and pennants are displayed from
naval vessels at the following times:
An officer in command, or a chief of staff when
acting for that officer, when embarked in a boat of the
naval service on official occasions, displays from the