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Re: All U.S. Navy vessels - Royal navy?
I'd like to hear a response from someone who is knowledgeable about Royal Navy practices.
The US Navy is very firm about Either/Or - the colors are either aloft if underway or at the bow and stern when not underway (or, apparently, in drydock).
Does the RN use that same Either/Or practice?
I feel like I have seen a number of photos of RM ships flying an ensign at the stern when underway.
I believe that this is the practice in the Royal Navy and other navies as well.
When moored or anchored, the national ensign is flown from a flag staff at the stern and the union jack from the jack staff at the bow. As soon as the last mooring line is cast off, or the anchor free the bottom, the word "underway, shift colors" is passed and simultaneously the ensign and jack are lowered from their respective staffs and the national ensign is smartly raised at the mainmast. The reverse happens when coming into port or anchoring..."moored, shift colors."
- the same - Darren October 19, 2020, 14:37:47
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