Did you know that the U.S. Navy has its own official flag? Featuring the seal of the U.S. Department of Navy above a yellow banner with the words “United States Navy,” it uses a rather simple but attractive design. While you may have seen the U.S. Navy flag before, there are probably some things you don’t know about it. In this post, we’re going to explore five surprising facts about the U.S. Navy flag.
#1) Authorized By President Eisenhower
The U.S. Navy flag was authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on April 24, 1959. In Executive Order 10812, President Eisenhower recognized it as the official flag for the U.S. Navy, which replaced the previously used battalion flag. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Navy flag was introduced to the public during a ceremony at a Navy facility in Maryland.
#2) It’s Not Flown on Ships
Being that it’s the official flag of the U.S. Navy, you may assume that it’s flown on the Navy ships and boats. The Navy, however, actually displays it exclusively indoors and during special outdoor ceremonies and occasions. Therefore, you won’t find the U.S. Navy flag displayed on ships, boats or other Navy-operated land installations. The only time when it’s flown outdoors is during special occasions like ceremonies and parades.
#3) No Cords or Tassels
Unlike with many other flags, the U.S. Navy flag doesn’t have any cords or tassels — at least none are supported by the flag’s official design. Executive Order 10812 specifically states that no cords or tassels should be used with the U.S. Navy flag. So, if you’re thinking about buying a U.S. Navy flag to display in your home or business, you should check to make sure that it doesn’t contain cords or tassels.
#4) The Eagle Symbolizes the US
The eagle located in the middle of the U.S. Navy flag is meant to symbolize the United States. The eagle, of course, is placed in front of a large ship. The ship symbolizes the Navy, whereas the eagle symbolizes the United States. As a result, the U.S. Navy flag shows how the Navy protecting the United States.
#5) It Replaces s the Infantry Battalion Flag
The current U.S. Navy flag replaced the Navy’s former infantry battalion flag. Prior to its formal adoption in 1959, the U.S. Navy used the infantry battalion flag, which consisted of a ship anchor on a white diamond against a blue background. While the U.S. Navy no longer recognizes or uses the infantry battalion flag, it does use colors from this traditional flag design for landing battalions.