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PM Modi unveils new ensign of Indian Navy in Kochi

Category : Defense
Published on: September 03 2022 Share on facebook

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a new ensign of the Indian Navy during the commissioning of the country's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier - INS Vikrant - at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.
  • The new naval ensign unveiled has been named 'NISHAN'.
  • The earlier ensign of the Navy was a white flag with horizontal and vertical red stripes, with the Emblem of India emblazoned at the intersection of the two stripes, and the tricolour placed in the canton.
  • The new naval ensign which the PM unveiled in Kochi replaces the present ensign that carries the Saint George’s Cross with the Tricolour in the canton (top left corner of flag).
  • It is 4th change since 1950.
  • It now includes the Indian Navy crest on a navy blue background and draws inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
  • The Indian Navy draws its origin to the colonial period. On October 2, 1934, the naval service was renamed Royal Indian Navy (RIN), with its headquarters at Bombay (now Mumbai)
  • An Ensign is a national flag which is displayed on ships and aircraft, often with the special insignia of a branch or unit of the armed forces.
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