New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Friday (September 2) also unveiled the new flag for the Indian Navy while handing over India's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to the Navy at Cochin Shipyard Limited today. The old flag of the Navy also featured the St. George's Cross (the British symbol) along with the tricolour. PM Modi called it a symbol of slavery. The emblem of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has been included in the new flag of the Navy. The Indian Navy's motto 'Some No Varunah' is inscribed on the new mark.
When the country became independent on August 15, 1947, the Indian defence forces retained the British colonial flag and badge. Its pattern was revised on January 26, 1950. The Navy flag was also changed, but the only difference made to the flag was that the tricolour was installed in place of the Union Jack and the George Cross was also retained. The Navy flag has been amended several times, but to date, the Red Cross has not been removed. One change was made in 2001, but, even at that time, St. George's Cross was not removed.
There was a demand for a change in the flag of the Indian Navy for a long time. The suggestion was also made by Vice Admiral VEC Barboza, who retired from the Navy as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command. Another change was made in 2004, but even at this time, St. George's Cross was not removed. In 2014, the word 'Satyamev Jayate' was included on the flag under the Ashoka symbol in the Devanagari script.
But, PM Modi today unveiled the new flag, on the upper canton of which the national flag tricolour is present. There is also a blue octagonal shape with the national emblem. It is mounted on the shield with the navy's motto. The Navy, in the video displaying the new flag, said, ''The octagonal shape with twin golden borders takes inspiration from the seal of the great Indian emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, whose visionary maritime vision established a credible naval fleet.''