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Friday 07 Apr 2006: Submarines flying the Jolly Roger
It is common practice for submarines in the Royal Navy to fly the Jolly Roger when returning to port after a successful mission, where some action has taken place. The practice originated in the early years of the 20th century as a reaction to Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson's remarks in 1901 when he said "Submarines are underhand, unfair and damned un-English. The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged".

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