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US First Navy Jack
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In the fall of 1775, as the first ships of the Continental Navy readied in the Delaware River, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued, in a set of fleet signals, an instruction directing his vessels to fly a striped Jack and Ensign. In retrospect this has been taken as the first U.S. Navy Jack and has traditionally been shown as consisting of thirteen red and white stripes with a superimposed rattlesnake and the motto "Don't Tread on Me." No representation or example of the ensign survives: patriotic historians have inferred the design from Hopkins' message and a color plate depicting a "Don't Tread Upon Me" ensign in Admiral George Henry Preble's History of the Flag of the United States, 1880. File links The following pages link to this file: USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) United States Navy USS Greeneville (SSN-772) USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) USS Constitution USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) USS Hawes (FFG-53) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN... File links The following pages link to this file: USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) United States Navy USS Greeneville (SSN-772) USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) USS Constitution USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) USS Hawes (FFG-53) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN... Continental Navy Jack The Continental Navy was authorized by the Continental Congress on October 13, 1775. ... The Delaware River at New Hope, Pennsylvania The Delaware River is a river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. ... Esek Hopkins (26 April 1718 – 26 February 1802), was Commander in Chief of the Fleet throughout the American Revolutionary War. ... Flags are particularly important at sea, where they can mean the difference between life and death, and consequently where the rules and regulations for the flying of flags are strictly enforced. ... Genera Crotalus (24 species) Sistrurus (3 species) Species 27, including: - Sidewinder - Massasauga Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes, genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, which have a small noise-making jointed rattle on their tails. ... George Henry Preble (25 February 1816 - 1 March 1885) was an American naval officer and writer, notable for his history of the flag of the United States and for taking the first photograph of the Fort Henry flag that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner. ...


The rattlesnake had long been a symbol of resistance to the British in Colonial America. The phrase “Don't tread on me” was coined during the American Revolutionary War, a variant perhaps of the snake severed in segments labelled with the names of the colonies and the legend "Join or Die" which had appeared first in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, as a political cartoon reflecting on the Albany Congress. Jump to: navigation, search Starting in the late 16th century, the English began to colonize North America. ... Jump to: navigation, search The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen British colonies in North America. ... Jump to: navigation, search Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Greuze 1777 For the former mayor of Nepean, see Ben Franklin (politician) Dr. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was an American publisher, journalist, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, public servant, statesman, scientist, librarian, diplomat and inventor. ... This early political cartoon by Ben Franklin was originally written for the French and Indian War, but was later recycled during the Revolutionary War An editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is an illustration or comic strip containing a political or social message. ... The Albany Congress was a meeting of representatives of seven of the British North American colonies in 1754 (specifically, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island). ...


In 1980 Edward Hildago, the Secretary of the Navy, directed that the ship with the longest active status shall display the First Navy Jack until decommissioned or transferred to inactive service. Then the flag will be passed to the next ship in line. On September 30, 1998, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) became the oldest active-status ship in the United States Navy upon the decommissioning of USS Independence (CV 62). Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... The second USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) is an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, actively serving as of 2005. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... The fifth USS Independence (CVA-62), a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier, was launched by New York Navy Yard 6 June 1958; sponsored by Mrs. ...


By an instruction dated 31 May 2002, the Secretary of the Navy directed all United States Navy ships to fly this flag in honor of those killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks and will be flown for the duration of the War on Terrorism. Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Jump to: navigation, search The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of suicide attacks against the United States conducted on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. ... Jump to: navigation, search Osama bin Laden. ...


Other uses of "Don't tread on me"

The Gadsden Flag The Gadsden flag is a yellow-colored flag with a depiction of a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike with the phrase DONT TREAD ON ME positioned below the rattlesnake. ... Christopher Gadsden (1724-1805) was an American general and statesman during the American Revolution. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Palmetto State Other U.S. States Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Official languages English Area 82,965 km² (40th)  - Land 78,051 km²  - Water 4,915 km² (6%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,012... The Concord Minuteman The Minutemen were militia members in the American Revolutionary War who had undertaken to turn out for service at a minutes notice. ... Jump to: navigation, search Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1749 Seat Culpeper Area  - Total  - Water 990 km² (382 mi²) 3 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... The Cro-Mags were a hardcore punk band from New York City. ... Jump to: navigation, search Metallica is an extremely successful American Thrash Metal band that has been active since the early 1980s. ... Jump to: navigation, search 311 (pronounced three eleven) formed in late 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska as a rapcore/punk rock/reggae group. ...

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The flag of the United States Navy consists of the Seal of the Department of the Navy in the center, above a yellow scroll inscribed United States Navy, in dark blue letters. ...

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Don't Tread on Me Flag History (683 words)
The First Stars and Stripes Law stated that the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternating red and white and that the union be 13 white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation.
Although the date of introduction of the Union Jack is not precisely known, a 1785 engraving of the frigate USS Philadelphia clearly depicts the Union Jack flying from her jackstaff.
In 1975, the Secretary of the Navy directed that the First Navy Jack be flown in 1975 and 1976 in lieu of the Union Jack during the United States Bicentennial Year as a colorful and historic reminder of the nation's and the Navy's origin.
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