The USS KIDD DD-661, a WWII destroyer, is the only vessel in the history of the United States Navy to ever be granted permission to fly the flag of piracy — Jolly Roger.
The ship is named after Admiral Issac Kidd, who was killed aboard his flagship (USS Arizona BB-39) during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
On the crew’s behalf, Mrs. Kidd obtained official permission from the powers-that-be in the Navy for them to paint the pirate on the stack and fly the Jolly Roger.
The ship is currently located at the Veterans Memorial in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
I served aboard the next generation USS Kidd DDG-993, during the years 1983-1986. This ship was decommissioned by the US Navy and sold to Taiwan’s Navy in 2003.
The latest generation is USS Kidd DDG-100, joined the US Navy in 2007.