Thursday, April 18, 2024

Question: What is the one U.S. Navy ship authorized to fly the Jolly Roger?

Answer: The destroyer USS Kidd is the only Navy vessel allowed to fly the iconic skull-and-crossbones pirate flag. The ship is named for Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, who was killed aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the first American flag officer to die in World War II. He was known as “Cap Kidd,” a reference to the famous pirate Captain Kidd. His widow convinced the Navy to give the USS Kidd formal permission to fly the pirate flag.