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10 U.S. Code § 8625 - Navy Reserve flag

The Secretary of the Navy shall prescribe a suitable flag to be known as the Navy Reserve flag. This flag may be flown by a seagoing merchant vessel if—
the vessel is documented under the laws of the United States;
the vessel has been designated by the Secretary, under such regulations as he prescribes, as suitable for service as a naval auxiliary in time of war; and
the master or commanding officer and at least half of the other licensed officers of the vessel are members of the Navy.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 447, § 7225; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title V, § 515(b)(1)(T), (3)(D), Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3233, 3234; renumbered § 8625, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 807(d)(1), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1836.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


50 U.S.C. 1048.

July 9, 1952, ch. 608, § 409, 66 Stat. 499.

In clause (3) the words “at least half” are substituted for the words “not less than 50 per centum”. The words “or Naval Reserve” are omitted as surplusage, since the Navy includes the Naval Reserve.

Editorial Notes

2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 7225 of this title as this section.

2006—Pub. L. 109–163, § 515(b)(3)(D), substituted “Navy Reserve” for “Naval Reserve” in section catchline.

Pub. L. 109–163, § 515(b)(1)(T), substituted “Navy Reserve” for “Naval Reserve” in introductory provisions.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.