The national flag of Anguilla is a so named "Blue Ensign", a dark blue flag cloth with a flag depiction ? the British Union Jack ? in the upper corner. The Union Jack adverts to the connexions to Great Britain. It introduced a flag-system in 1864, in which
? war ships show a "White Ensign" (naval flag), a white flag often with uninterrupted red George-cross with the Union Jack in the upper canton of the flag,
? merchant ships show a "Red Ensign" (also named "Civil Ensign" => cilvil flag, the real merchant flag), a red flag with the Union Jack in the upper canton of the flag, and
? governmental ships show a "Blue Ensign" (flag for using by the government => the real state flag), a blue flag with the Union Jack in the upper canton of the flag.
Since 1865 could ships of colonial governments show a Blue Ensign with a badge in the flying end of the flag. The respective governments should design appropriate badges. Merchant ships and seafaring persons from colonies may only then use a Red Ensign with badge, then named Civil Ensign too, if is allowed by the British Admirality for the respective colony.
The depiction of the Badge (respectively coat of arms) in the Flags of British colonies and dependent territories can be made on a white disk in the flying end of the ensign. If this is not the case id the depiction of the coat of arms enlarged. There is even the possibility that then is shown either the blazon or the complete coat of arms. Both variants are possible.
Anguilla, since 1976 with his own government, choosed a badge which shows three fishes over the water surface.
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