The Indian Navy’s new flag will be shown off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 2, his office said on Tuesday. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that the unveiling will take place at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi during the commissioning of the INS Vikrant, which is the country’s first aircraft carrier built by Indians.
The PMO said in a statement that he will “unveil the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), putting an end to the colonial past.” The new ensign will “fit with the rich Indian maritime heritage,” the statement said.
Since January 26, 1950, this is the fourth time that the flag has been changed.
The Indian Emblem is on the Navy’s current ensign, which is a white flag with red stripes going both horizontally and vertically. It is at the point where the two red stripes meet. The three colours of the flag are shown in the canton.
Chronology of the changes in Indian Navy’s ensign:
-In 1950, the Ashokan Lion took the place of the Crown in the naval crest, which was shown with an anchor.
-The Red St. George’s Cross was kept until 2001, but it was taken away to make room for the Navy blue Indian Navy crest.
-In 2004, the St. George’s Cross was added back, this time with an Ashoka symbol in the middle. The 2001 addition of the Naval crest was taken away.
-The national motto “Satyameva Jayate” was added to the Ashok Emblem in 2014, making it the current flag. A white flag with horizontal and vertical stripes, the words “Satyameva Jayate” under the Ashoka symbol, and the tricolour in the top right corner.