Apparently not the first time this has happened either. I haven’t served on subs but no CO I ever met would have allowed this; at least on Surface warfare vessels. Anyone with input or experience with this?
More info and explanation here: www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/14309/why-the-navys-top-spy-submarine-flew-a-pirate-flag-while-pulling-into-port
We fly the Jolly Roger all the time for crossing the line as well in the surface Navy.
Thanks for the replies. I had forgotten the line crossings. I was mostly talking about entering and leaving port. I remember some bawdy playing with signal flags in my Domer days during port calls but not with USN. Thanks again.
Good for them!