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Navy working to ban all public displays of the Confederate flag

The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, has directed his staff to create an order banning the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas on Navy installations, ships, aircraft, and submarines, a U.S. Navy spokesman announced Tuesday.

"The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline, and uphold the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment," Commander Nate Christensen said in a statement.

On Friday, the Marine Corps issued an order directing commanders to "identify and remove the display of the Confederate battle flag or its depiction within workplaces, common access areas, and public areas on their installations." There are some exceptions, CBS News reports, including Confederate gravesites and art where the flag is shown but isn't the main focus.