The Union Jack is Back

 

“Today across the Navy, at morning colors, ships are hoisting the traditional Union Jack. A version of this Jack that flew in ports throughout the Pacific as the Navy island hopped its way across that vast ocean and in the Atlantic as it supported operations to liberate the European continent. It’s deeply connected to our maritime heritage and our rise as a global nation and our continued role as a global superpower.” – CNO ADMIRAL JOHN M. RICHARDSON at the Battle of Midway Sea of White Commemoration – June 4th, 2019

 

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Navy Returns to Flying Union Jack  2/21/2019 – Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

 

Photos from Around the Fleet 

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NORFOLK, Va. (June 4, 2019) Airman Khaila Williams, from Jacksonville Fla., left, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Aaron Fox, from Greenbrier, Ark., hoist the Union Jack on the flag staff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently in the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brianna Thompson)

 

Electronics Technician (Radio) 3rd Class Ronald Champion, from Los Angeles, unfurls the Union Jack during morning colors aboard USS Chicago (SSN 721) June 4, 2019. Nearly all ships and craft throughout the U.S. Navy displayed the Union Jack in lieu of the First Navy Jack in commemoration of the greatest naval battle in history, the Battle of Midway, which began this day in 1942. The change re-establishes the custom in which the commissioned ship in active status having the longest total period of active status, other than USS Constitution will display the First Navy Jack until decommissioned or transferred to inactive status. Home ported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Chicago is the 34th Los Angels-class nuclear powered attack submarine and was commissioned on September 27, 1986. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Patrick Dille)

 

190604-GZ947-0134 PEARL HARBOR (June 4, 2019) Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice Jacob Wenzel, from Saginaw, Mich., walks away after raising the union jack aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). The union jack hasn’t been flown on U.S. ships since May 31, 2002 but was reintroduced in coordination with the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The union jack, comprising the national ensign’s blue field and white stars, was first adopted on June 14, 1777. At this time, the jack’s blue field only displayed the 13 stars representing the union of the original 13 American colonies. The number of stars on the jack was periodically updated as the United States expanded. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

 

190604-GZ947-0097 PEARL HARBOR (June 4, 2019) Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice Jacob Wenzel, from Saginaw, Mich., raises the union jack aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). The union jack hasn’t been flown on U.S. ships since May 31, 2002, but was reintroduced in coordination with the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The union jack, comprising the national ensign’s blue field and white stars, was first adopted on June 14, 1777. At this time, the jack’s blue field only displayed the 13 stars representing the union of the original 13 American colonies. The number of stars on the jack was periodically updated as the United States expanded. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

190604-N-RQ450-0020 NORFOLK (Jun. 4, 2019) Quartermaster Seaman Trevor Gilchrist prepares to unfold the Union Jack during morning colors on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is currently moored at Naval Station Norfolk conducting targeted maintenance and trainings, and remains operationally ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Victoria Sutton/Released)

 

BOSTON (June 4, 2019) The union jack flies on USS Constitution’s jack staff. Navy ships and craft resumed flying the union jack June 4, 2019 to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, and will continue to fly the flag to recommit to the core attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness during this new era of competition

 

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BOSTON (June 4, 2019) The union jack flies on USS Constitution’s jack staff. Navy ships and craft resumed flying the union jack June 4, 2019 to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, and will continue to fly the flag to recommit to the core attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness during this new era of competition. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)

 

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NORFOLK, Va. (June 4, 2019) Airman Khaila Williams, from Jacksonville Fla., left, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Aaron Fox, from Greenbrier, Ark., prepare to hoist the Union Jack on the flag staff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently in the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brianna Thompson)

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