I thought this would be of interest to others. We recently had an order for 2 four flag banners. The first one was for NAWJ and it’s the call sign for the USS Birmingham CL-62 as pictured below.
USS Birmingham (CL-62)
The USS Birmingham (CL-62) was a light cruiser commissioned by the U.S. Navy in the 1943 and named for the largest city in Alabama. The ship was used during World War II in the Mediterranean and the Pacific Theater of Operations.
The second banner was NEMW and the call sign for the USS Alabama (BB-60) with a picture below.
In Casco Bay, Maine, during her shakedown period, circa December 1942.
Note her Measure 12 (modified) camouflage scheme.
Each USN ship is assigned a unique 4 flag call sign, & all USN ship call signs begin w/ N (November). USN call flag assignments remain in effect forever. Even though a USN ship was decommissioned 50 yrs. ago & long since melted down to make razor blades, its 4 letter call sign will never be assigned to another USN ship. Special thanks for the infomation.
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I made a mistake and a good reader brought the following to my attention.
Call signs are routinely reassigned to other ships once the ships to which the call sign is originally assigned have been decommissioned. For example, the call signs for these battleships, all decommissioned, have been reassigned to Coast Guard cutters as listed:
USS IOWA (BB 61) – NEPM – USCGC HERON (WPB 87344)
USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62) – NEPP – USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20)
USS WISCONSIN (BB 64) – NUGW – USCGC GANNETT (WPB 87334)
They are also reassigned to other NAVY ships as well:
USS POSITIVE (AMc 95) – NABE – USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)