A flagship is a vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, characteristically a flag officer entitled by custom to fly a distinguishing flag. Used more loosely, it is the lead ship in a fleet of vessels the first, fastest, most armed, or best known. Over the years, the term "flagship" has become a metaphor used in industries such as broadcasting, education, technology and retail to refer to their highest profile or most expensive products and locations. In common naval use, the term flagship is fundamentally a temporary designation. However, admirals have always needed additional facilities, including a meeting room large enough to hold all the captains of the fleet and a place for the admiral's staff to make plans and draw up orders. Only larger ships could accommodate such requirements; the term was used by commercial fleets, when the distinction between a nation's navy and merchant fleet was not clear. An example was Sea Venture, flagship of the fleet of the Virginia Company, captained by Royal Navy Vice-Admiral Christopher Newport yet bore the Merchant Navy admiral of the company's fleet, Sir George Somers, during the ill-fated Third Supply of 1609.

In the age of sailing ships, the flagship was a first rate. This can be seen on HMS Victory, the flagship of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, still serving the Royal Navy as the ceremonial flagship of the First Sea Lord from Portsmouth, England. Non-first rates could serve as flagships, however: USS Constitution, a frigate, served as flagship for parts of the United States Navy during the early 19th century. In the 20th century, ships became large enough that the larger types, cruisers and up, could accommodate a commander and staff; some larger ships may have a separate flag bridge for use by the admiral and his staff while the captain commands from the main navigation bridge. Because its primary function is to coordinate a fleet, a flagship is not more armed or armored than other ships. During World War II admirals preferred a faster ship over the largest one. Modern flagships are designed for command and control rather than for fighting, are known as command ships; as with many other naval terms, flagship has crossed over into general usage, where it means the most important or leading member of a group, as in the flagship station of a broadcast network.

Is used as both a noun and adjective describing the most prominent or touted product, location, or service offered by a company. Derivations include the "flagship brand" or "flagship product" of a manufacturing company, "flagship store" of a retail chain, or "flagship service" of a hospitality or transportation concern; the term "flagship" may have specific applications: Auto companies may have a flagship in the form of their leading or highest-priced car. Electronics companies may have a series of products considered to be their flagship consisting of one or two products, updated periodically. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S series consists of several flagship smartphones that are released on a yearly basis. In rail transport, a "flagship service" is either the most luxurious, it is a named train or service. Most states in the United States provide public university education through one or more university systems; the phrase flagship institution or flagship university may be applied to an individual school or campus within each state system.

The College Board, for example, defines flagship universities as the best-known institutions in the state, noting that they were the first to be established and are the largest and most selective, as well as the most research-intensive public universities. These schools are land-grant, sea-grant, or space-grant research universities. According to Robert M. Berdahl, then-chancellor of the University of California, the phrase "flagship" came into existence in the 1950s when the Morrill Act schools were joined by newer institutions built in a wave of post-war expansion of state university systems. Berdahl notes further that because flagships are the oldest schools within a system, they are the largest and best financed and are perceived as elite relative to non-flagship state schools, he comments that "Those of us in'systems' of higher education are actively discouraged from using the term'flagship' to refer to our campuses because it is seen as hurtful to the self-esteem of colleagues at other institutions in our systems.

The use of the term is seen by some as boastful. It is viewed by many, in the context of the politics of higher education, as'politically incorrect.'... Only in the safe company of alumni is one permitted to use the term." Additionally, the term flagship is understood to encompass only public universities in states which may contain more eminent private universities. The term "flagship university" is still used in official contexts by the U. S. Department of Education, various state university system boards of governors, state legislatures. Additionally, state universities self-designate themselves as flagships. Higher education agencies, research journals, other organizations use the term, though their lists of flagship universities can differ greatly. One list of 50 flagship universities is employed by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the College Board, the Princeton Review and many other state and federal educational and governmental authorities for a variety of purposes

Stanley Mullen

Stanley Mullen was an American artist, short story writer and publisher. He studied writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and drawing and lithography at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where he was accepted as a professional member in 1937. A series of his paintings of Indian ceremonial dances is part of the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum. Mullen worked as assistant curator of the Colorado State Historical Museum during the 1940s. Mullen wrote over articles in a variety of fields, he became involved with the small press publisher New Collector's Group before starting his own small press publisher, Gorgon Press, in 1948. Gorgon Press published only one book - Mullen's short story collection Moonfoam and Sorceries and was the imprint under which 11 issues of Mullen's fanzine, The Gorgon, were issued.. His novel Kinsmen of the Dragon was planned as a publication of Gorgon Press but was issued by Shasta Publishers; the Sphinx Child Moonfoam and Sorceries Kinsmen of the Dragon 1959, Mullen's story "Space to Swing a Cat" was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Clute, John. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. P. 837. ISBN 0-312-13486-X. Tuck, Donald H.. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. P. 322. ISBN 0-911682-22-8. Stanley Mullen at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Works by Stanley Mullen at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Stanley Mullen at Internet Archive Stanley Mullen at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia


Fugay is a 2017 Marathi language film. It is directed by Swapna Waghmare Joshi and stars Swwapnil Subodh Bhave in lead roles. Movie will have its theatrical release on 10 February 2017. Fugay is a story of two best friends, played by Swwapnil Joshi and Subodh Bhave. Swapnil Joshi as Aditya/Adya Subodh Bhave as Hrishikesh/Hrushya Prarthana Behere as Jaai Neetha Shetty as Kamini Mohan Joshi Anand Ingle as Daji Suhas Joshi Nishikant Kamat as Bairappa Fugay had its theatrical release on 10 February 2017 with English subtitles in Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka; the film collected ₹0.87 crore on first Friday,₹1.12 crore on first Saturday, ₹1.32 crore on first Sunday and ₹3.96 crore in four days. Film has collected ₹5.80 crore in a week. The songs for the film are composed by various artists like Amitraj, Nilesh Moharir and Rochak Kohli and lyrics written by Kshitij Patwardhan and Mandar Cholkar. Fugay on IMDb