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Naval Reserve Cadets (Australia)

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Australian Naval Cadets ensign image by Michael Lee and Clay Moss, 5 Nov 2008

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The ensign of the Naval Reserve Cadets is 'national flag' blue, with the Australian white ensign at the canton, and with a badge at the fly. The badge has a yellow trident penetrating a yellow naval crown, surrounded by a yellow-outlined 'national flag' blue circular scrool bearing the words 'Naval Reserve Cadets' in yellow.
Miles Li, 26 January 2001

Flag and badge adopted on April 1, 2001, when the Naval Reserve Cadets changed its name into the Australian Navy Cadets.
Miles Li, 2 December 2011

Detail of the badge
Australian Naval Cadets ensign image by Michael Lee and Clay Moss, 6 Nov 2008

Unidentified Naval Flag

[Unidentified flag] image by Clay Moss, 3 Feb 2006

Today I went to see the aircraft carrier USS Constellation which is visiting Sydney. Near the aircraft carrier was a two-masted sailing ship, flying an ensign similar to the one (Naval Reserve Cadets) I described on January 26. It is navy blue, with the Australian white ensign in the canton, and with a royal crown in full colours in the middle of the fly. Perhaps this is an ensign for training vessels affiliated with the navy but do not belong to Naval Reserve Cadets.
Miles Li, 7 Apr 2001

I had the privilege to go through a batch of ensigns and other flags destined for a Royal Australian Navy ship that'll be coming through here [Penang, Malaysia] some time. There is nothing earth shattering to report, except that this ensign was in the batch.
Clay Moss, 3 February 2006

According to John Vaughan, it's not entirely unusual for the Navy to order flags that get made up wrongly due to ambiguous specifications. The mystery ensign in question probably got delivered as a "Sea Cadet" ensign with noone realizing that it was incorrect.
Clay Moss, 31 October 2008

The Royal Australian Navy webmaster conducted an exhaustive search for our mystery flag and got in touch with everyone in the Navy who might be able to make a positive identification. All to no avail. The Navy concluded, therefore, that the flag must be erroneous and assured me that nothing like it exists anywhere or for any purpose in the RAN.
Peter Johnson, 1 November 2008