Why is there a second flag on the Conning Tower?
AIMM flies both the American flag and the Turkish flag from Razorback's Conning Tower to honor her service as a fighting ship of both the American and Turkish navies.
The Turkish flag is flown at the same height as, but to the left of, the American flag as required by both US law and International custom. US Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7c specifically states (in part):
No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America...
Furthermore, Section 7g states (in part):
When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size.
The Republic of Turkey has been an important American ally for many years. Turkey has been a member of NATO for over 50 years. Turkey's democratic form of government is based on the separation of powers, with an indepedent judiciary, just like the United States. Turkey's constitution guarantees freedom of religious worship, just like the United States. The President and Members of Parliament are elected by the people in multi-party elections and candidates may run for election without the support of a party.
For more information about flag ettiquette, visit the Flag Rules and Regulations Page at ushistory.org (External Link).