Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The MSP Battle Flag

Loping Squid asked what was on the MSP Battle Flag....


Along the top are each of the Battle E's. It's hard to see in the picture, but on the left side are little mini-maps of each deployment theater (all are mini-maps of the Mediterranean, and one is of Africa). On the right are a set of crossed-daggers for each spec-op. Along the bottom are each of the Meritorious Unit Commendations (MUC) the boat has earned.

We actually didn't realize this was a flag until the ship's inactivation ceremony back on June 22nd. Turns out, it was started by Admiral Lotring when he was CO. Somewhere along the line, someone forgot to turnover that it's an actual FLAG along with the contact info for the lady that kept it up to date for the previous COs. At the Inactivation Ceremony, Admiral Lotring asked us to pull out the flag and we said, "What flag?" It's been in this display case in the FCML (Forward Compartment Middle Level) passageway. When we pulled it out, the Admiral kindly chastised us for not keeping it up to date with all the deployments and awards. Luckily, HE still had the contact info for the lady who did the sewing on it, so we sent it off to her to get it updated. We received it back from the sewing lady just in time during our port call in San Diego so we could fly it on the bridge as we pulled into Pearl Harbor for the first time.

2 comments:

Loping Squid said...

Cool. Thanks for the answer.

Sam said...

Thats a pretty neat deal! Looks like the boat and her crew have done well for the Navy.

We had the opportunity to meet Admiral Lotring back in March at Capt. Zurey's wedding. Nice to meet some of his own when we're surrounded by SWO's and Aviators!

Your blog is making me miss boat life more and more! LOL