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Navassa Island (U.S. Minor Outlying Islands)

Last modified: 2002-11-09 by sam lockton
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[Unofficial Flag of Navassa Island] 3:5
by Skip Wheeler

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About the Flag

In the final design for Navassa, the island is just one shade of emerald green with a white sky and a royal blue sea and the size of the lighthouse has been exaggerated and is a light gray with a green roof. People either liked this flag a lot or not at all. The actual 3x5 flag wasn't that bad. The flag is not official; it was designed to represent the island for December 7th as a tribute to those Americans who sacrificed and served during the Second World War.
Skip Wheeler, 25 December 2002

Navassa got its unofficial flag and was first hoisted on 7 December 2001. The flag was designed by Mr Harry Wheeler in Hawaii and its ratio is 3 by 5. The flag depicts emerald green island with a light grey lighthouse under white sky and in blue ocean. On 7 December 2001 the flag was first hoisted together with Johnston, Palmyra unofficial flags at USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii under U.S.Fish & Wildlife Services for 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harvor Attack by Imperial
Japanese planes and the sunk battleship USS Arizona.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 7 August 2002

About Navassa Island

According to the CIA World Factbook:

Navassa Island - 5 sq. km., uninhabited - transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island; about one-fourth of the way from Haiti to Jamaica; strategic location 160 km south of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; mostly exposed rock, but enough grassland to support goat herds; dense stands of fig-like trees, scattered cactus.
Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2000

Uninhabited since 1898 when the last phosphate miners left. Claimed by the Baltimore Fertilizer Company under the Guano Act.
Phil Nelson, 25 April 2000

A few years ago I read a ham radio magazine article about a DXpedition to Navassa Island, probably half a dozen years ago, which said that the U.S. government maintained a lighthouse on Navassa, and a lighthouse-keeper was stationed there until the light was automated, which I purely guess may have been between ten and twenty years ago. The expedition found a Haitian family living on Navassa (which Haiti also claims), eating fruit and fish.
John Ayer, 26 April 2000

An order by the Secretary of the Interior dated December 3, 1999, transferred jurisdiction over Navassa Island from the Bureau of Insular Affairs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Joe McMillan, 12 June 2000

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