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Meritorious Unit Commendation

[Meritorious Unit Commendation Pennant] image by Joe McMillan, 11 August 2000

The overall dimensions are 3.78 x 7.98 feet, 1.89 x 3.99 feet, or 1.35 by 2.85 feet. The full construction details are too complicated to explain verbally. There is a diagram in the USN publication NTP-13(B), Flags, Pennants, and Customs, giving the dimensions for all three sizes of this pennant. It can be accessed on line at, and is on page 102 of the PDF document.

I believe the MUC pennant is also carried in the Department of Defense Supply System and can be ordered from Defense Supply Center Philadelphia.
Joe McMillan, 1 October 2003

Coast Guard Award Pennant

The US Coast Guard on 11 April 2001 introduced the Spencer I. Kimball Readiness Award for shore units equipped with 41-to-47 foot motor lifeboats and utility boats. The award is given to units that score better than 85% on their biennial readiness evaluations; the instruction authorizing the award (COMDTINST 1650.2) says the award will be expanded to stations equipped with other kinds of boats as criteria for evaluation are developed.

The instruction authorizes two pennants, one for 44 and 47-foot motor lifeboats and one for 41-foot utility boats. Units that win the award display the appropriate pennant on the station flagpole until the next biennial evaluation. Unfortunately I have absolutely no information on the design of the pennants.

Joe McMillan, 3 October 2011