Formal recognition of a foreign country does not
mean that diplomatic relations must exist. The fact that
diplomatic relations have been severed does not mean
that the United States no longer recognizes the existence
of the state or the government concerned. However, the
United States does not return the dip to countries such as
Albania, North Korea, Vietnam, and South Yemen. If in
doubt, ask the duty Signalman.
The union jack is the rectangular blue part of the
United States flag containing the stars. It is shown in
figure 4-18. It symbolizes the union of the states of the
United States. Each star represents a state.
When a naval ship is in port or at anchor, the union
jack is flown from the jackstaff from 0800 to sunset. In
addition to flying from the jackstaff, the union jack is
hoisted at the yardarm to indicate that a general
court-martial or a court of inquiry is in session.
The union jack is flown in boats as follows:
1. When a diplomatic official of the United States,
at or above the rank of charge daffaires, is
embarked in a boat of the U.S. Navy and is
within the waters of the country which that
2. When a governor general, or a governor
commissioned as such by the President, is
embarked in a boat in an official capacity and the
boat is within the governors area of jurisdiction
(for example, the Governor of the Virgin
When displayed from the jackstaff, the union jack is
half-masted if the national ensign is half-masted. It is
raised and lowered in the same manner as the national
ensign. The union jack is not dipped when the national
ensign is dipped.
The union jack is issued in several sizes; but, when
flown at the jack staff, it must be the same size as the
union of the ensign flown at the flagstaff. To make sure
it is not flown upside down, always have the single point
of the stars pointing toward the sky.
U.S. NAVY FLAG
O n 2 4 A p r i l 1 9 5 9 , t h e P r e s i d e n t , o n t h e
recommendation of the Secretary of the Navy,
established an official flag for the United States Navy.
That was done to fulfill a need for an official flag to
represent the Navy in displays and on a variety of
occasions, such as ceremonies and parades. Figure 4-19
shows the Navy flag.
The U.S. Navy flag represents the Navy as follows:
At official ceremonies
In displays during official Navy occasions
Figure 4-18.Union jack.
Figure 4-19.U.S. Navy flag.