Commissioning Pennant

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By Crusader1307

Commissioning Pennants are an old and time honored Naval Tradition. As far back as the 15th Century, these Emblems were often used as a "War Flag", and were flown from the top of a Ships Main Mast. As time progressed, these devices took on a similar but different role. If a Ship was commissioned as a Warship, it would not receive it's Pennant until after it completed it's first engagement (was not captured or sank). This practice was eventually stopped for this sole purpose. "Battle Pennants" would become an entirely different design altogether. By way of example in American and British Navies, the true Commissioning Pennant was born in the 17th Century. Once a Warship was officially "named" and launched, she was considered "commissioned". Her Commissioning Pennant was generally a 15 to 30 foot long, 3 foot wide and tapering device. It was designed on the Colors of a Countries National Flag. By example, The US Navy began it's Commissioning tradition with it's first small Warship, The Frigate "Alfred" (1777). The Pennant featured a Red and White Stripe for the body, with a small Blue Field - featuring 6 White Stars. A Commissioning Pennant is flown at all times until the Ship is decommissioned. If a Flag Officer or High Ranking Government Official "comes aboard", their Personal Flag is flown for the duration of their visit (and replaced when they depart).