exception is during church services aboard ship
conducted by Navy chaplains or visiting church
dignitaries. Then the church pennant (fig. 4-22) or the
Jewish worship pennant (fig. 4-23) is flown above the
ensign. Many ships are fitted with two halyards to the
same point of hoist at both the staff and gaff to permit
display of the church pennant and ensign
Aboard ships under way, the church pennant is
displayed by hoisting it to the peak or truck and then
dipping the ensign just clear of it. If services are being
conducted at the time of morning colors aboard ships not
under way, the ensign is hoisted to the top of the flagstaff
at the prescribed time. The church pennant is then hoisted
and the ensign dipped just clear of the pennant. If the
ensign is half-masted, the church pennant is hoisted just
above the ensign. When the church pennant is lowered,
the ensign is closed up (hoisted to the truck, peak, or top
of the flagstaff) before the pennant is lowered. Although
the church pennant may not be flown above the national
flag ashore, it may be displayed separately.
The Jewish worship pennant, shown in figure 4-23,
is displayed during Jewish religious services afloat and
ashore. This pennant was authorized by the Secretary of
the Navy in 1975. The same rules governing the display
of the church pennant apply to the display of the Jewish
The flag of the Chief of Naval Operations (fig. 4-24)
is a blue and white rectangle, divided diagonally from
lower hoist to upper fly. In its center is the official seal of
the Chief of Naval Operationsan eagle clutching an
anchor and encircled by 50 gold links of chain. The
CNOs flag is displayed in the same manner as required
for displaying flags of any flag officer.
Aboard ships not under way, the absence (for a
period of 72 hours or less) of various officers is
indicated by the display of SUBSTITUTE pennants.
These are general signal pennants. The pennants are
assigned as shown in figure 4-25.
Figure 4-22.Church pennant.
Figure 4-23.Jewish worship pennant.
Figure 4-24.Chief of Naval Operations flag.
FLAG OFFICER OR UNIT
COMMANDER IS ABSENT
CHIEF OF STAFF IS
CIVIL OR MILITARY
OFFICIAL WHOSE FLAG
IS FLYING IS ABSENT
Figure 4-25.Substitute pennants.