Navy Bans Public Display Of Confederate Flag

200513-N-QC706-0740 CORONADO, Calif. (May 13, 2020) SEAL candidates participate in a rock portage evolution during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center in Coronado, Calif., May 13, 2020. To ensure the safety, health and well-being of its students, instructors and staff, NSW Center implemented COVID-19 mitigation efforts based on CDC recommendations and Department of Defense medical guidance. NSW Center provides initial and advanced training to the Sailors who make up the Navy’s SEAL and Special Boat Teams. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony W. Walker/Released)

The Navy announced on Tuesday that it would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all its military installations, following the lead of the Marine Corps which last week began implementing a ban on its troops displaying the flag in any form.

The order came down after scrutiny within the U.S. government of racially insensitive or prejudiced behavior amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.

“The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, has directed his staff to begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines,” Navy Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. “The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline, and uphold the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.”

It is unclear if the Air Force and Army will follow with similar orders. However, Air Force Gen. Charles Brown, the incoming Chief of Staff hinted at the possibility.