The Hon’ble President of India has approved the introduction of a new design for the President’s Standard and Colour and Indian Navy Crest for the Indian Navy, which was unveiled at Visakhapatnam on Navy Day on 04 Dec 2022.
Resonant to the ongoing National endeavor to move away from the colonial past, the Naval Ensign was amended to a new Design that draws inspiration from our history.
Red Horizontal and Vertical Lines on the White Ensign were replaced with a Blue Octagon with Twin Golden Borders encompassing the National Emblem atop a clear anchor.
‘National Emblem ‘Satyamev Jayate’ inscribed on the stock of the Anchor. Further, the National Flag was retained on the upper left canton.
The erstwhile design of the President’s Standard and Colour for the Indian Navy was instituted on 06 Sep 2017.
The design comprised one horizontal and vertical red band intersecting at the center and the National Emblem inserted at their intersection.
The National Flag was at the upper left canton adjacent to the staff and a Golden Elephant was at the lower right canton on the fly side. This design was inspired by the erstwhile Naval Ensign.
The President’s Standard and President’s Colour are awarded to static and mobile formations of the Indian Navy respectively.
In the Indian Navy, the President’s Colour has been awarded to the Western, Southern, and Eastern Naval Commands, both Western and Eastern Fleets, the Submarine Arm, the Naval Air Arm, INS Shivaji, INS Valsura, and the Indian Naval Academy.