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Royal Canadian Navy to run white ensign up the mast starting Sunday


 

OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Navy is getting a new ensign to fly at the masthead and at naval shore establishments.

The naval ensign, a white flag with the Canadian Maple Leaf flag in the top corner closest to the mast and a blue navy badge in the outer half, will now fly from the mast of warships at sea.

The regular Maple Leaf flag will now be designated as the navy jack, which means it will fly from the ship’s bow when it is tied up at a dock or buoy.

Essentially, the change merely switches the positions of the two flags.

Vice Admiral Paul Maddison, the head of the navy, says it is important to naval heritage, because warships have traditionally flown a special ensign to signify their status.

Canadian warships flew the white ensign of Britain’s Royal Navy from 1910 to 1965, when it was replaced by the then-new Maple Leaf.

“A distinctive naval ensign is a flag that distinguishes Canadian warships from other Canadian flag vessels or from ships of foreign navies,” Maddison said.

“It recognizes that our warships have special status under international maritime law.”

The new ensign will be flown starting this weekend on Battle of the Atlantic Sunday.

The first vessel to hoist the flag will be HMCS Toronto, a frigate deployed in the Indian Ocean.

It’s the third navy tradition resurrected in recent years. In 2010, navy officers were given a special tweak, the “executive curl,” on their rank stripes.

In 2011, the navy got its “Royal” designation back.


 
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Royal Canadian Navy to run white ensign up the mast starting Sunday

  1. Bringing back the Ensign and the term Royal Navy will do as much good as bringing back the Canadian cent! Myself, I think one of the great shortcomings of especially modern military organizations of any nation is tradition! To me a perfect example is the USA having 11 aircraft carriers of huge cost! Sure they are great in small local conflicts and offer flexibility in action. However, against a top notch foe now let alone in 20 years, they really may be nothing but death traps to their crews as beautiful targets for advanced missiles and torpedoes. Will not hypersonic aircraft and space weapons also make basing plains at sea just a little redundant?
    Why do I get the feeling, I’m playing Billy Mitchell in saying this?
    Still, its a nice flag but what’s wrong with your National flag again?

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