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The Preferred Colors of the U.S. Navy Seals flag are navy blue and golden yellow. They can be seen flying at the UDT Museum in Florida. The design is the Seals emblem in gold , centered on the blue field. They DO NOT bear the inscription U.S. NAVY SEALS. They are made by Annin & Co. All other commercial flags are unofficial. Due to the secret nature of special warfare, neither the UDT nor the Seal Teams have a flag prescribed in NTP-13.
James J. Ferrigan III, 24 February 1999
The logo on the flag is the Special warfare insignia otherwise known as the Trident of the NAVY SEALS. The actual insignia that is worn on the service dress uniform is a gold metal pin and a patch of black embroidery on a green background for wear on fatigues. The insignia is normally worn on the left breast of the uniform above any service ribbons or other decorations.
The insignia can be separated into 4 parts: the Eagle, Anchor, Pistol, and Trident. The anchor identifies the SEALS as
being Navy, the eagle represents the air medium as well as the strength and courage of the SEALS. Each of the eagle's talons is reaching around and in front of the anchor. The eagle's right talon is holding a trident, representing the sea-being symbolic of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea who used a trident as his scepter. In front of the trident, the eagle's left talon is holding a cocked flintlock pistol by the barrel. The pistol represents the land on which the SEALs operate and the fact that it is cocked indicates the SEALs' constant readiness for action. Only when an individual successfully completing Basic Underwater Demolitions/Seals (BUD/S) course as well as 6 months of probation and training with a team is he authorized to wear the Trident, indicating his place in the Special Warfare Community.
Nathan Haw, 9 January 2000
SEALS Unofficial Flag
by Rick Wyatt, 25 February 1999
I have a note about a Seals flag that I found in some commercial site. The image was very poor and it didn't look like an official one. White or silver logo on black bedsheet. Above the logo a downwards curved inscription: U. S Navy in white and below the logo a straight inscription: SEALS, also in white. Therefore I guess their colors are black-silver or black-white.
Dov Gutterman, 24 February 1999
We have these flags, but they are by no means official. They fall into the category of the various "mess with the best, die like the rest" flags. Popular with teenagers more than actual veterans. Most kids going into the navy desire to be pilots or S.E.A.L.s which I believe stands for SEa Air Land.
Rick Wyatt, 24 February 1999