The commissioning pennant (or masthead pennant) is a pennant (also spelt "pendant") flown from the masthead of a warship. The history of flying a commissioning pennant dates back to the days of chivalry with their trail pendants being flown from the mastheads of ships they commanded. Today, the commissioning pennants are hoisted on the day of commissioning and not struck until they are decommissioned. Some navies have a custom of flying a "paying off" or "decommissioning pennant," the length of which often reflects the length of service of the warship.
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“They are preparing to begin again:
Problems, new pennant up the flagpole
In a predicated romance.”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)