50th Anniversary of the Australian White Ensign

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50th Anniversary of the Australian White Ensign (1.12 mins)

On Wednesday 1 March 2017, three sailors raised the Australian White Ensign (AWE) from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the senior service and the 50th anniversary of the flag. The AWE was brought into service on 1 March 1967, with the Australian National Line cargo ship Boonaroo, the first to commission under the new flag. Only commissioned Australian warships and establishments are allowed to display the AWE. It may be displayed with specific approval and only in strictly controlled circumstances. The white ensign symbolises loyalty, courage, service and mateship to the men and women who have served and currently serve in the Royal Australian Navy.

Publish Date 01 Mar 2017
Tags V20170058
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