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Dont tread on me - First Navy Jack

This is a flag I have never seen before.
The Navy’s largest First Navy Jack, with the motto “Don’t Tread On Me”, flies high above USS Kitty Hawk CV-63.

The oldest comissioned active ship in the USN has the exclusive privledge of flying this First Navy Jack.

Here is some more information on this flag
 http://www.navyjack.info/

In the fall of 1775, as the first ships of the Continental Navy readied in the Delaware River, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued a set of fleet signals.

Among these signals was an instruction directing his vessels to fly a striped Jack and Ensign at their proper places. The custom of the jack-type flag had originated with the Royal Navy in the 15th century or earlier; such was the likely source of Hopkins' inspiration.

This first U.S. Navy Jack has traditionally been shown as consisting of 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes with a superimposed rattlesnake and the motto "Don't Tread on Me."

The rattlesnake had long been a symbol of resistance to British repressive acts in Colonial America; its display on the new jack of the fledging Continental Navy fit naturally with the fervor of the times.

Pic from
 http://www.militaryphotos.n...

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By netchicken: posted on 16-8-2007








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