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by Željko Heimer, 24 Febuary 2001



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Naval and Coast Guard Ensign

White, red cross, national flag in the canton.
Jan Zrzavy, 16 January 1998

Coast Guard Ensign. ---/-S- (1:2) - The white ensign, with red cross and the national flag in canton. The width of the cross is (as indicated in Album 2000 [pay00]) 1/8 of the hoist, and the flag in canton is, of course - deformed from 2:3 of the national flag to fit the entire canton. What is then done with the trident, I guess is not entirely defined (or is it?).[smi80] does not mention this flag, so it may be latter then 1980.
Željko Heimer, 24 Febuary 2001

In 1976 Barbados issued a series of stamps commemorating the tenth anniversary of the country's independence. One of these stamps, SG 569, featured the Barbados Coast Guard Patrol Boat 'Commander Marshall' with an unnamed similar vessel in the background. I have several questions regarding this stamp, these vessels, and their service:  
a. First of all, are the Barbados Coast Guard and the Barbados Navy one and the same, or are they separate services as in many other countries? Furthermore, was this the case in 1976, when this stamp was issued?  
b. If the Coast Guard was simply the local name for the Barbadian naval service at the time, why are neither the 'Commander Marshall' nor the other vessel flying the Bajan White Ensign as it appears above? They both appear to be flying the national flag at the stern and at the masthead, in the form of a civil ensign. Furthermore, both vessels seem to have what appears to be a small, square version of the Bajan trident flag at their bows, obviously being used as a jack. I have not found this usage on our site. Also, if it is in fact a jack, why are both vessels flying jacks when they were depicted as being under way? Surely the jack is only to be flown when the vessel as anchored or tied to a dock ?
Ron Lahav, 30 April 2005