After posting about the First Navy Jack and the fact that all US Navy ships had been authorized to fly it during the war on terror, I recalled that it had been flying on the retired battleship USS Texas when we visited her. I emailed the staff at the Texas state historical site where she’s berthed, asking if there was a particular reason that a retired ship was flying the First Jack. Here’s the response:
The US Navy, via the Naval Historical Center, offered Texas two of the First Jacks to fly when the decision was made to put them on all active ships during the war on terror. After that complement of jacks wore out, we returned to flying the union jack.
There you have it. And the wording leads me to believe that they both have worn out, so I’m glad that we were able to see one of them fly while we were there.