Entry from British & World English dictionary
A blue flag with the Union Jack in the top corner next to the flagstaff, flown chiefly by British naval auxiliary vessels.
- Until this time, vessels of the Commonwealth naval forces had flown the Naval blue ensign.
- Eventually, common sense prevailed, and in about 1621 the first red ensign appeared, followed some years later by the white and blue ensigns to distinguish the three squadrons into which the fleet was now divided.
- It was not until 1950, when the Commonwealth government decided to give a flag to every school to mark the jubilee of Federation, that it finally designated the blue ensign as the Australian national flag.
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