commissioning pennant

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The long, narrow pennant flown at the masthead of warships commanded by commissioned officers. In the Royal Navy it is white with a red cross, in the US Navy white over red with thirteen white stars on a blue field at the hoist. In both cases it is flown permanently, by night as well as by day, so long as the ship remains in commission. See also pay off, to.

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