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US Navy Jack

First Navy Jack, Navy Union Jacks

 

Stars Design Dates in general use Notes
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US Naval Jack 13 stripes.svg
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Naval Jack of the United States.svg
January 8, 1776 – June 14, 1777
The first jack adopted by the United States consisted of thirteen alternating red and white horizontal stripes. Known as the First Navy Jack, it is often depicted with a rattlesnake and motto, however, the evidence is inconclusive that the jack actually had either of these. There is reason to believe that the Continental Navy jack was simply a red and white striped flag with no other adornment. [7]
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US Naval Jack 13 stars.svg
June 14, 1777 – May 1, 1795
Examples of many layouts of the 13 star pattern exist (see Flag of the United States).
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US Naval Jack 15 stars.svg
May 1, 1795 – July 3, 1818
The 15-star jack was used by the United States during the Quasi-War and the War of 1812.
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US Naval Jack 20 stars.svg
July 4, 1818 – July 3, 1819
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US Naval Jack 21 stars.svg
July 4, 1819 – July 3, 1820
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US Naval Jack 23 stars.svg
July 4, 1820 – July 3, 1822
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US Naval Jack 24 stars.svg
July 4, 1822 – July 3, 1836
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US Naval Jack 25 stars.svg
July 4, 1836 – July 3, 1837
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US Naval Jack 26 stars.svg
July 4, 1837 – July 3, 1845
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US Naval Jack 27 stars.svg
July 4, 1845 – July 3, 1846
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US Naval Jack 28 stars.svg
July 4, 1846 – July 3, 1847
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US Naval Jack 29 stars.svg
July 4, 1847 – July 3, 1848
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US Naval Jack 30 stars.svg
July 4, 1848 – July 3, 1851
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US Naval Jack 31 stars.svg
July 4, 1851 – July 3, 1858
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US Naval Jack 32 stars.svg
July 4, 1858 – July 3, 1859
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US Naval Jack 33 stars.svg
July 4, 1859 – July 3, 1861
Civil War
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US Naval Jack 34 stars.svg
July 4, 1861 – July 3, 1863
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US Naval Jack 35 stars.svg
July 4, 1863 – July 3, 1865
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US Naval Jack 36 stars.svg
July 4, 1865 – July 3, 1867
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US Naval Jack 37 stars.svg
July 4, 1867 – July 3, 1877
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US Naval Jack 38 stars.svg
July 4, 1877 – July 3, 1890
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US Naval Jack 43 stars.svg
July 4, 1890 – July 3, 1891
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US Naval Jack 44 stars.svg
July 4, 1891 – July 3, 1896
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US Naval Jack 45 stars.svg
July 4, 1896 – July 3, 1908
Sinking of the USS Maine;
Spanish–American War;
Great White Fleet
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US Naval Jack 46 stars.svg
July 4, 1908 – July 3, 1912
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US Naval Jack 48 stars.svg
July 4, 1912 – July 3, 1959
World War I;
World War II
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US Naval Jack 49 stars.svg
July 4, 1959 – July 3, 1960
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US Naval Jack.svg
July 4, 1960 – October 12, 1975[4]
A 50-star jack was adopted on July 4, 1960, after the ascension of the Territory of Hawaii into statehood. The 50-star jack was used during the Vietnam War. In October 1975, the jack was briefly replaced by the First Navy Jack in commemoration of the U.S. Navy's bicentennial as well as the bicentennial of the United States of America's independence. The 50-star jack was re-adopted on January 1, 1977.
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The First Navy Jack
October 13, 1975 – December 31, 1976[4]
On October 13, 1975, commissioned U.S. Navy warships switched to the First Navy Jack in commemoration of the bicentennial of the United States Navyand the United States of America's bicentennial. It was used in this capacity until December 31, 1976, when the 50-star jack was re-adopted.
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US Naval Jack.svg
January 1, 1977 – September 10, 2002[4][8]
Global War on Terrorism;
War in Afghanistan

The 50-star jack was re-adopted by commissioned U.S. Navy warships on January 1, 1977.

Since August 18, 1980, the First Navy Jack has been used by the active commissioned ship having the longest total period as active in place of the union jack until the ship is decommissioned or transferred to inactive status, whereupon the next such ship inherits the honor.

In 2002, commissioned U.S. Navy warships switched to the First Navy Jack. From September 11, 2002 onwards, the 50-star jack is only used by Military Sealift Command (MSC) and non-U.S. Navy vessels (e.g., USCG, NOAA, etc.).

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The First Navy Jack
September 11, 2002[8] – June 3, 2019
Global War on Terrorism;
War in Afghanistan;
Iraq War

The First Navy Jack has been in use since 2002 by United States Navy vessels only. MSC and non-U.S. Navy vessels, such as those of the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA, continue to use the 50-star union jack adopted in 1960.

From August 18, 1980, onwards, the active commissioned ship having the longest total period as active uses the First Navy Jack instead.[4] Currently that ship is USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19).

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US Naval Jack.svg
June 4, 2019 –

The 50-star jack set to be re-adopted by commissioned U.S. Navy warships on February 21, 2019, effective June 4, 2019, to coincide with the Battle of Midway.

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