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Indian Navy to get new flag

  • Published
    1st Sep, 2022
Context
  • Recently, the Indian Navy got a new Naval Ensign (Nishaan).
About

About New Flag:

  • The current ensign of the Navy used to be a white flag with horizontal and vertical red stripes.
  • Symbolising the cross of Saint George with the emblem of India superimposed on the intersection.
  • The tricolour is placed in the upper canton next to the staff.
  • This is the fourth time since 1950 that the Naval Ensign would undergo a change.

  • The present ensign was changed back to St George’s Cross with the addition of the Indian emblem in its intersection.
  • In 2014, the ensign as well as the naval crest were updated to include the national motto “Satyameva Jayate” in the Devanagari script.

Saint George:

  • He was a Roman soldier born in Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303.
  • It is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family.
  • When he grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian.
  • What is the Saint George's Cross?
  • The Red Cross on a white background is known as the Saint George's Cross.
  • It is named after a Christian Warrior Saint who is believed to have been a crusader during the third crusade.
  • This cross also serves as the flag of England which is a constituent of the United Kingdom.
  • The flag was adopted by England and the city of London in 1190 to identify English ships entering the Mediterranean.
  • The Royal Navy adopted the George’s Cross to fly on their ships in various shapes and forms and the present pattern of the British White Ensign was adopted around 1707.

 

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