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Overview

Pennants for unit citations are flown in order of seniority (PUC, NUC, MUC) above any other award flags. Afloat, they are displayed at the fore truck from sunrise to sunset when not under way. Shore commands and shore-based units fly them from the most appropriate hoist determined by the local commander, normally the port yardarm of a mast rigged with a crosstree.

With one exception, only the ships or comparable units involved in the action or service for which the citation was issued may display the pennant for the citation. The exception is that a flagship may fly the pennant(s) awarded to its unit whether it was present or not.

Multiple awards of each type of citation are reflected by the addition of bronze-colored stars to the field of the pennant, up to a maximum of five.

Sources: Secretary of the Navy Instruction 1650.1F; Naval Telecommunications Procedures Publication (NTP) 13A.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Presidential Unit Citation

[Navy PUC Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999

Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) - Authorized 1942. Awarded in the name of the President for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. Pennant is yellow with broad stripes of Old Glory blue and scarlet along the upper and lower edges, 27 units hoist by 57 units fly, 48 units to the fork of the swallowtail; yellow stripe is 13 units wide at the hoist.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Navy Unit Commendation

[Navy NUC Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999

Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) - Authorized 1944. Awarded for outstanding heroism in action against the enemy or extremely meritorious service in support of military operations. Pennant is hunter green with bands of royal blue, Spanish yellow, and scarlet along the upper and lower edges (blue at the edge). Dimensions are same as for PUC.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Meritorious Unit Commendation

[Navy MUC Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 3 September 1999

Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) - Awarded for valorous or meritorious achievements. Pennant is hunter green with a horizontal central band divided into seven stripes, yellow-ultramarine blue-yellow-scarlet-yellow-ultramarine blue-yellow. (The stripes are not of equal widths--scarlet is the widest, followed by blue, then yellow.) Dimensions are same as for PUC.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Battle Efficiency "E"

[Navy Battle by Joe McMillan, 28 August 1999

The pennant is flown by ships that win the annual battle efficiency competitions, a cycle of inspections and exercises conducted within each type of ship and aircraft squadron. Winning the award allows the ship to fly a red triangular pennant with a black "meatball" at the fore truck when not underway, to paint a large white "E" on the superstructure, and the crew to wear a dark blue ribbon with white and gold edges and a metal "E" attached to it. The pennant and painted "E" are retained until the end of the next competition cycle; the ribbon is worn permanently.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Special Battle Efficiency

[Navy Special Battle by Joe McMillan, 28 August 1999

The special battle efficiency pennant awarded to ships for repeated winning of the "E." A ship that is awarded the special BEP also paints a gold "E" in place of the white one. The BEP and special BEP are flown on the same halyard as but below other award pennants and flags.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 1999


Environmental Protection Award

[Navy Environmental Protection Award Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 11 August 2000

Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award - John Niggley pointed out that this flag was changed in about 1995 and sent me a photograph of the new design, on which the GIF is based. Flown for a one-year period from ships not under way (at the fore truck) and shore stations (at the port yardarm) that win the awards, which are presented for achievements in such areas as environmental quality, environmental cleanup, natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, pollution prevention, and recycling. Authorized by Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5090.5F.
Joe McMillan, 11 August 2000

[Previous Navy Environmental Protection Award Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 12 September 1999
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Energy Conservation Award

[Navy Energy Conservation Award Pennant] by Joe McMillan, 12 September 1999

Energy Conservation Award: White with Spanish yellow sun above royal blue waves, all within a Spanish yellow border. Flown in the same manner as, but below the Presidential, Navy, and Meritorious Unit pennants when not underway, or from the port yardarm by a shore command. Flown for a period of one year or until announcement by the Secretary of the Navy of the following year's awards.
Joe McMillan, 12 September 1999


Type Commander's Award For Safety Afloat

[Type Commander's Award For Safety Afloat] by Joe McMillan, 11 August 2000

A green triangular pennant with a white circle and thereon a green cross, awarded to ships that win the annual surface force commanders' competitions for shipboard safety. Flown from a yardarm when not under way. Also known as the Green "S" Pennant because winners also paint a green letter "S" on the bridge. Authority: Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic/Commander Naval Surface Force Pacific Instruction 3502.2E).
Joe McMillan, 11 August 2000





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