|Caption||WAVES personnel at the bow of Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, during her shakedown period, 19 Aug 1944 ww2dbase|
|Source||ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives|
|Photos on Same Day||19 Aug 1944|
|Photos at Same Place||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Added By||C. Peter Chen|
|Added Date||7 Aug 2007|
|Licensing||Public Domain. According to the US National Archives, as of 21 Jul 2010:
|Colorized By WW2DB||
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15 Sep 2009 05:42:36 PM
Any flag, ensign, streamer, or rag flying off a Navy ship means something. Where it is flown means something too. This photo shows the US Navy Jack, flown at the head of the ship (thatâ€™s the front, not the toilet) when the ship is not underway and the Captain is aboard, for captains the rank of Captain or lower. If the captain is of flag rank (Admiral level) or more commonly when an Admiral is aboard, the Admiralâ€™s flag (solid blue with large white stars the same number as worn by the Admiral) is flown at the head when not underway. (The Admiralâ€™s flag is flown at the highest point of the vessel when underway â€“ hence the term â€śflagshipâ€ť). The USN Jack is the canton (star field) from the National ensign, so the Jack in this photo has 48 stars while later Jacks had 50 (in May 2002, the USN reverted to the Rattlesnake Jack for the duration of the War on Terrorism).