|Adopted||24 April 1959|
Former, unofficial flag of the United States Navy
|Name||Infantry Battalion Flag|
|Design||Dark blue fouled anchor on a white diamond, with a dark blue background|
The flag of the United States Navy consists of the seal of the U.S. Department of the Navy in the center, above a yellow scroll inscribed "United States Navy" in dark blue letters, against a dark blue background.
The flag was officially authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on 24 April 1959 and was formally introduced to the public on 30 April 1959 at a ceremony at Naval Support Facility Carderock in Maryland. It replaced the infantry battalion flag which had been used as the U.S. Navy's unofficial flag for many years beforehand.
It is used on land, displayed inside naval offices, in parades, and for other ceremonial occasions, and often on a staff at the quarterdeck of ships in port. It is not flown by ships at sea, nor on outdoor flagpoles on naval land installations, and is not used as an identifying mark of U.S. Navy ships and facilities, as the U.S. Coast Guard ensign is.
The following is details from the Naval Telecommunications Procedures, Flags, Pennants & Customs, NTP 13(B)
1710. FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY By Executive Order 10812 of 24 April 1959, the President, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of the Navy with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, established and prescribed an official flag for the United States Navy. This flag is to be 4 feet 4 inches hoist (width) by 5 feet 6 inches fly (length), of dark blue material, with yellow fringe, 2½ inches wide. In the center of the flag is a device 3 feet 1 inch overall, consisting of the inner pictorial portion of the seal of the Department of the Navy (with the exception that a continuation of the sea has been substituted for the land area), in its proper colors within a circular yellow rope edging, all 2 feet 6 inches in diameter above a yellow scroll inscribed "UNITED STATES NAVY" in dark blue letters.
|1||Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)||"red numerals"|
|2||Navy Unit Commendation||"red numerals"|
|3||Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy)||"red numerals"|
|5||Quasi-War with France|
|6||the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War|
|7||War of 1812|
|8||African Slave Trade|
|9||Operations Against West Indian Pirates|
|15||China Relief Expion|
|16||World War I Victory|
|17||Second Nicaraguan Campaign|
|20||American Defense Service|
|22||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign x 2|| |
|23||European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign|
|25||National Defense Service|
|26||Armed Forces Expionary|
|28||Southwest Asia Service|
|32||Global War on Terrorism Expionary|
|33||Global War on Terrorism Service|
Jacks are additional national flags flown by warships (and certain other ships) on a jackstaff at the bow of the ship. These are usually flown only when not underway and when the ship is dressed on special occasions.
December 9, 1864. SIR: I send you three distinguishing pennants for the battalions of the fleet brigade–red for the howitzers, blue for the skirmishers, and white-blue for the marines, marked with an anchor. It will be well not to let our sailors and marines forget the habits to which they have been accustomed, for they may lose this without acquiring those of the soldiers, and I must confess to a preference for the more exact and respectful training of the Navy. It is by no means necessary to cause them discomfort, but they should never be allowed to omit the usual acknowledgements of the presence of their officers. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, J.A. Dahlgren.