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Are the signal flags on the Battleship North Carolina spelling a message or just put up at random?

Mike Voorheis
StarNews

Q. The flags on the Battleship North Carolina are signal flags. Are they spelling a message or just put up at random? I can’t imagine ex-Navy men NOT putting up a message such as ‘Splice the mainbrace’!

A. I posed this question to Christopher Vargo, assistant director of Battleship North Carolina. Here is his response:

The flags on the forward and aft strings are ordered in accordance with chapter 7 of the Naval Telecommunications Procedures (NTP) 13(b), titled Flags, Pennants and Customs. The center span spells out NORTH CAROLINA. We also follow NTP 13(b) regarding the manner in which we fly the National Flag and Union Jack. Additionally, we follow the Governor’s direction on lowering the National Flag to half mast.

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