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Jan Zrzavy mentions that in Flaggkarta
(Lantmäteriet - Kartförlaget Swedish edition 1995,) [s9e95]
it shows the naval ensign as
white with the national flag in the canton and the Navy's emblem (a blue oval
with anchor and eagle) in the fly.
Ole Andersen, 14 May 1998
William Crampton states in The World of Flags (London, 1990) [cra90] that the naval ensign is white with the national flag in the
canton and the badge of the navy is placed in the fly.
Vincent Morley, 10 Feb 1998
image by Željko Heimer, 05 July 2000
I have since noticed that William Crampton in Observers
Book of Flags (London, 1992) [cra91] which was published two years after his
Flags, [cra90] says that
: 'The naval ensign is like that of the Royal Navy (UK) but with the flag of
Nigeria in the canton', which contradicts his earlier statement that there was
no red cross and agrees with the illustrations above Of course, the southern half of Nigeria is mainly
Christian, so perhaps the use of a "cross" on the naval flag is not such a big
Vincent Morley, 13 Feb1998
In Whitney Smith's Flags Through the Ages and Across the World (1975) [smi75c] and in the 1985editon [smi85], the Nigerian naval ensign is illustrated with a red cross, which is illustrated as being about 11/70ths of the hoist. William Crampton in the Complete Guide to Flags (1989) [cra89] says (p 105) that the "Naval Ensign: White with the national flag in the canton and the Naval badge in the fly in red".
Finally, the "Flagchart" (1998) by Shipmate, authenticated by the
Flag Research Institute, shows the naval ensign without the cross and with the
badge in full colour. The Navy badge is shown here as an upright blue oval,
charged with a red eagle as in the Arms' crest over a white fouled anchor, with
a thick yellow border displaying the motto "NIGERIAN NAVY" (above)
"ONWARD TOGETHER" (below) in black capital letters
Santiago Dotor, 13 April 2000
image by Antonio Martins, 29 Dec 2008
A photo on thamesshipsociety.org.uk
shows the Nigerian flag being used as a jack.
Jan Mertens, 29 Dec 2008
Note that the jack staff (and presumably also the ensign staff) was
topped by the national crest - a red eagle. This follows the example of the British Royal Navy, whose jack staffs
and ensign staffs have Royal Crown finials.
Miles Li, 30 Dec 2008
The flag of the Nigerian Naval Board is green, with a horizontal foul anchor
in yellow (Source: Flags of the World by EMC Barraclough and
William Crampton, 1981) [c2b81] page 153.
Santiago Dotor, 13 April 2000
image by Željko Heimer, 05 July 2002
The naval aircraft marking is a green-white-green roundel with black anchor overall.
The national flag appears on the
fin (Source: Albums des Pavillons [pay00].
Željko Heimer, 05 July 2002
image by Clay Moss and Miles Li, 25 June 2015
The broad pennant of the Director of theNigerian Marine
during the colonial era contained the colonial badge in the
centre of a blue swallow tail pennant.
Miles Li, 25 June 2015