New Cana­dian Naval En­sign Adopted by RCN

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De­fence Min­is­ter Peter MacKay an­nounced the adop­tion of a new Cana­dian Naval En­sign to be worn by Her Majesty’s Cana­dian Ships, naval ves­sels, Naval Re­serve Di­vi­sions, and other des­ig­nated units start­ing Sun­day, May 5.

This is an his­toric mo­ment for the Royal Cana­dian Navy, which flew the White En­sign from 1911 un­til the adop­tion of the Na­tional Flag in 1965, ac­cord­ing to the RCN.

From that point on­ward, the Na­tional Flag was adopted as both the En­sign and the Jack. In 1968, as part of ef­forts to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of mil­i­tary en­signs and flags, while also re­flect­ing the new Na­tional Flag, a dis­tinc­tive Naval Jack was adopted by the Cana­dian Armed Forces. The Naval Jack in­cor­po­rated the Maple Leaf in the can­ton with a badge in the fly of the flag.

To­day, the flag pre­vi­ously known as the Naval Jack is adopted as the new Cana­dian Naval En­sign, and the Na­tional Flag be­comes the new Naval Jack, which mir­rors a stan­dard prac­tice amongst Com­mon­wealth na­tions. The change will most im­por­tantly dis­tin­guish Cana­dian war­ships from other Cana­dian flagged ves­sels. It will also pro­mote and strengthen the Cana­dian naval iden­tity, while un­der­scor­ing the unique com­mit­ment of our men and women at sea who serve as mem­bers of the Cana­dian Forces in RCN ships and ves­sels.

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