U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday announced on Tuesday that the organization will soon ban the confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas on U.S. Navy installations, ships, submarines, and aircrafts.
Today, I directed my staff to begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines.— USNavyCNO (@USNavyCNO) June 9, 2020
The U.S. Marine Corps made a similar announcement last week, stating that the flag had "all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups". Neither announcement provided a timeline on the removal of depictions of the flag.
Across the country, there has been a spike in removals of Confederate monuments, flags, and other imagery. There are currently 10 Army bases named after confederate generals, including Fort Hood in Texas, but President Trump stated earlier today that the government has no plans on forcing those bases to change names.