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Royal Air Force Air Support Craft Ensign

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[Royal Air Force Air Support Craft Ensign] image by Martin Grieve, 14 December 2007

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The flag shown above is based on this photo:

[Royal Air Force Air Support Craft Ensign] image by Terry Holtham

RAF wings above an anchor. I presume that it was introduced after the Marine Branch was disbanded 8 January 1986, and I thought that it continued in use until 1993 when the duties of the unit were contracted out to a private company.
David Prothero, 16 March 2007

The craft shown above is a former RAF Marine Craft which would have used the RAF Ensign until the disbandment of the RAF Marine Branch in early 1986. From that time the craft still used the RAF Roundel and boat numbers and were operated by civilian contractors but "owned" by MoD Air. It looks like the "RAF" eagle with something underneath - possibly an anchor or a crown in the fly. From 1991 the craft were transferred under the DMS(N) or RMAS flag. Thus the flag is in between - the date of the photo is 29th May 1986. (I took the photo at Devonport).
Terry Holtham, 15 March 2007