Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Commemoration Resources

Navy Ships Return to Flying "Union Jack"

Directed in NAVADMIN 039/19 on 21 February 2019, all U.S. Navy ships shall display the union jack beginning at morning colors on Tuesday, 4 June 2019.

Since 31 May 2002, directed by SECNAV Instruction 10520.6, the rattlesnake jack has been used in place of the union jack for the duration of the Global War on Terrorism. The union jack will be reintroduced on Navy ships (with the exception of the oldest commissioned warship in the operational fleet) in coordination with the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. 

For more information on the history of the Navy jack, visit The U.S. Navy Jack webpage.  


Battle of Midway Graphics

Pop-Up Display Graphics and Infographic

Published: Wed Feb 05 14:48:41 EST 2020