Jack of the United States


Jack of the United States

The jack of the United States is a maritime flag representing United States nationality flown on the jackstaff in the bow of its vessels. The U.S. Navy is a prime user of jacks, but they are also used by ships of the Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other governmental entities. "The jack is flown on the bow (front) of a ship and the ensign is flown on the stern (rear) of a ship when anchored or moored. Once underway, the ensign is flown from the main mast." [ [http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us^nvj.html United States Naval Jack] ]

The primary jack design until September 11, 2002 was the blue canton with stars (the "union") from the U.S. national ensign. The blue, starred jack is referred to as the Union Jack, but should not be confused with the British Union Jack. Like the ensign, the number of stars on the jack has increased with each state admitted into the union. Rules for flying the jack are similar to the national ensign.

Since September 11, 2002, the Navy has instead flown the "First Navy Jack", a flag bearing 13 red and white stripes, a rattlesnake and the motto "DONT TREAD ON ME", coming from the first jacks supposedly used by the Navy during the Revolutionary War. It is flown from the jackstaff from 08:00 to sunset while Navy ships are moored or at anchor. It is required to be the same size as the union of the ensign being flown from the stern of the ship. It is also flown from the yardarm during a general court-martial or court of inquiry. [United States Navy Rate training manual. [http://www.tpub.com/content/aviation/14243/css/14243_196.htm Signalman 1 & C] .] During times when the ensign is at half mast, the jack is also at half mast. The jack is hoisted smartly and lowered ceremoniously in the same manner as the ensign, however the jack is not dipped when the ensign is dipped. [United States Navy. [http://www.tpub.com/content/advancement/14325/css/14325_120.htm Basic Military Requirements (BMR) Revised Edition] ]

Some exceptions to the use of the Union Jack have occurred in the case of the U.S. Navy. The most prominent being the use of the First Navy Jack by the U.S. Navy in honor of the country's Bicentennial and subsequently.cite web |url= http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq122-1.htm |title= The U.S. Navy's First Jack |accessdate=2006-10-01 ] On June 3, 1999, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the flying of the Submarine Centennial Jack aboard US Navy submarines and sub tenders during the year 2000. [Undersea Warfare Summer 2000 Vol. 2, No. 4. The fact that the U.S. Navy has, at times, elected to substitute other flags for the Union Jack has not affected its use as a jack by the Coast Guard, NOAA, other agencies and civilians. [http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/cno/n87/usw/issue_8/downlink.html Downlink] .]

ee also

*First Navy Jack
*Flags of the United States armed forces

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