Why does the US Navy's battle destroyer occasionally float under the pirate flag?

The main difference between the USS Kidd missile destroyer from its many counterparts is that it sometimes floats ... under the pirate flag. And this is by no means a whim of the captain or the crew of a battleship, but an almost 80-year tradition that The Drive recently reported.

The destroyer is named after Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, commander of the 1st battleship division, who tragically died along with the crew of the battleship Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

She was later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the new destroyer was accepted into the Navy in 1943. Above him, a pirate flag with a skull and crossbones was first raised - Jolly Roger, as a humorous reminder of another Captain Kidd - the famous pirate of the 18th century Scots William Kidd, whom the destroyer crew chose as a mascot.

As it turned out, while studying at the naval academy, Isaac Kidd received the nickname "Cap" in honor of his famous predecessor.

The modern USS Kidd is an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer. An operational Pentagon check shows that the destroyer floats under the Jolly Roger only when entering and leaving the US naval bases. Abroad, and especially during multinational naval exercises, the crew, of course, uses the standard flag.

In addition to the flag of the ship, the famous skull and bones can be seen on the back of the 45.5-inch gun turret, as well as on one of the steel doors inside the ship, painted by one of the crew members, 1st class firefighter Juan Morales.