A United States warship which has been in service outside of U.S. waters for nine months or more is authorized to fly a special pennant on the last leg of its homebound voyage, prior to arrival at the first U.S. port.
The length is one foot for each person, officer or crew, who has been aboard for 9 months or more, providing the length does not exceed the ship’s length.
On arrival, the pennant is cut up. The blue is presented to the captain, and the remainder is divided among the crew.
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