In 1980, the Secretary of the Navy directed that the ship in an active status with the longest total period of active service shall display the First Navy Jack until decommissioned or transferred to inactive service, at which time the flag shall be passed to the next ship in line with appropriate honors. The display of this Jack by the oldest ship in the fleet is an appropriate form of recognition and promotes pride of service, enhances morale, and contributes to the tradition of naval service.
Starting in June 30, 1995,
USS INDEPENDENCE (CV62) proudly flew the First Navy Jack -- the first
aircraft carrier to hold this honor.
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