The Rustic Flag Company

Coast Guard Ensign flag

$ 195.00
  • Coast Guard Ensign flag

The Rustic Flag Company

Coast Guard Ensign flag

$ 195.00

Subject to an approximate 10-14

 

The Coast Guard Ensign (flag) was first flown by the Revenue Cutter Service in 1799 to distinguish revenue cutters from merchant ships. The order stated the Ensign would be "16 perpendicular stripes, alternate red and white, the union of the ensign to be the arms of the United States in a dark blue on a white field." (There were 16 states in the United States at the time).

The purpose of the flag is to allow ship captains to easily recognize those vessels having legal authority to stop and board them. This flag is flown only as a symbol of law enforcement authority and is never carried as a parade standard.[1]