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Why does the Battleship North Carolina fly the Union Jack?

Cammie Bellamy
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The Union Jack flag flies on the bow of Navy ships and the Battleship North Carolina to signify that the ship is in port. Photo courtesy of Battleship North Carolina

The Union Jack flag flies on the bow of Navy ships and the Battleship North Carolina to signify that the ship is in port. Photo courtesy of Battleship North Carolina

The ship flies the Union Jack to signify that it is in port.

When most people hear “Union Jack,” they think of the national flag of the United Kingdom. But the term also refers to a maritime flag used by the U.S. Navy.

The Union Jack is a component of the United States’ national flag: a field of blue with fifty stars representing the 50 states.

According to Battleship North Carolina curator Mary Ames Booker, the flag flew at the bow of the ship whenever it was in port or anchored. The national flag would also fly from the stern.

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