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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

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.

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By netchicken: posted on 16-8-2007

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