Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Red Stripe

The so-called Racing Stripe originates from an idea of President John F. Kennedy, who wished to improve the world-wide visual identification of the U.S. government. In 1964 the new stripe was proposed in application of this directive and was first used on USCG boats in 1967, becoming an international standard in a few decades.
The 10-meter 34-knot CP 554 in the Porto Mediceo

USCGC Bainbridge Island (WPB-1343) in the New York Harbor
The USCGC “Bainbridge Island” (WPB-1343) in the New York Harbor

French Patrol boat P675 Arago, Livorno
The French patrol boat P675 “Arago” at the Capitaneria pier

See also: Piaggio P166 - Coast Guard - Calm Waters - CP 867 & Nataly - CP 867 - CP 866 - CP 409 Ingianni
External links: Traditions of the United States Coast Guard


Lois Evensen said...

On our large ships we get escorts sometimes by the USCG. Very impressive. :)

Luis Gomez said...

Love these!

Randy said...


Dina said...

Nice examples. Now I get it. I wonder if we have such a stripe.

cieldequimper said...

Thanks for the info re. JFK, didn't know that. Nice international post!

Traveling Hawk said...

Good information!

Cezar and Léia said...

Awesome article, the french P675 is my favorite, very elegant patrol! :)

Anonymous said...

safety colour. thank you for teaching. shall have a look whether there are any over here. please have a good thursday.