Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Paying off Pennant

A lengthy pennant flown on the masthead of a ship on the day it is "Paid Off". The pennant's length is calculated as one foot for every year of the ship's service. Some paying off pennants are so long they require helium balloons to be attached to keep the pennant from dragging in the water behind the ship.

Added: 2014-11-01 Last modified: 2014-11-01

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