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Civil Ensign (Gibraltar, United Kingdom)

Adopted 19th March 1996

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Gibraltar does have a red ensign for ships registered in Gibraltar. The ensign has the arms of the colony in a shield centered on the fly half, with the motto Montis Insignia Calpe in black on a gold scroll beneath the arms. This flag was only introduced recently (maybe this year).

Graham Bartram, 27 September 1996

The red ensign is quite new, because it was adopted on the 19th March 1996, with an Order in Council dated 14th February 1996. Source: Flagmaster no. 082, 1996, Sorting out the colonies, new flags for old possessions, which gives information about Gibraltar, as well as on other British Dependencies.

Pascal Vagnat, 30 April 1997

There is a colour difference between the red used for the city flag and that for the red ensign. As far as I know they just use Union Jack's red for the arms when they are displayed in the fly, and only use the more magenta shade for the stand-alone flag. Incidently this flag can be seen flying outside the Gibraltar Government Offices in the Strand, London. There is a blue ensign version for use by Gibraltar Government vessels.

Graham Bartram, 30 April 1997

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