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I don't recognize the flag at all, it's certainly not among the Dutch
naval flags I know, but may I ask where it was flying from? It is
not apparent from the picture you posted.
Christopher Southworth, 1 May 2003
It is probably the port yard. The general arrangement of the superstructure
on this class of ship can be seen more clearly if you go to this
site - select 'pictures and graphics', and enlarge the top right picture.
David Prothero, 1 May 2003
Same site, 4th from top right shows "The first LCF (De Zeven Provincien),
just after she was launched." with the same (?) flag as jack.
It's most probably the flag of the Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (KMS) in Vlissingen, Province of Zeeland, NL., indeed the yard where the ship was built. (Koninklijke Maatschappij = Royal Company, Schelde = Scheldt River, Vlissingen = Flushing)
Image made from a Shipmate drawing. Upper left corner: Coa of Vlissingen ((crowned) silver vase on red)
I think the Schelde Yard flag was flown during testing before the ship being commissioned.
Website of the Schelde Yard at: <http://www.scheldeshipbuilding.com/>
Homepage picture shows the Zeven Provincien on the Schelde River, with the City of Vlissingen (North) in the background.
Gerard van der Vaart, 1 May 2003
Good call, I think, Gerard. I don't know about NL, but this is
US practice--the flag of the building yard flies at a yardarm during trials
before the ship is commissioned. Probably a common naval custom.
Joseph McMillan, 2 May 2003