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State Ensign (Singapore)

State Marine Ensign

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[State Ensign (Singapore)] 1:2 image by Željko Heimer, 5 November 2003

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The Singapore [state] ensign is blue with a red canton with a white crescent and stars, crescent pointing to fly, and an eight-pointed red and white cardinal points device in the fly end. Ratio 1:2. Source: Barraclough and Crampton 1981 [bcr81].
Željko Heimer
, 5 July 1996

This is the State Ensign according to Smith 1975 [smi75c] and Album des Pavillons 1990 [pie90].
Ivan Sache
, 16 January 2000

From my observations as a Singaporean, the State Ensign has been used only by the Singapore Police Coast Guard (a branch of the Singapore Police Force), aboard their naval vessels.
Herman Felani M.Y.
, 24 August 2001

The blue State Ensign was formerly used by our Navy upon independence and up to 5th May 1967 when our Navy was granted the white War Ensign (ratio 1:2) which doubled up as the land-based Navy Flag (ratio 2:3). The blue State Ensign is now flown by our Police Coast Guard vessels.
Herman Felani M.Y.
, 14 June 2002

Construction Sheet

[War Ensign (Singapore)] image by Željko Heimer, 5 November 2003

I came across some further information on the Ensigns of Singapore. A copy of the government papers with regards to them is kept at the National University
of Singapore (NUS) Central Library. Each of the documents came with a coloured sample of the ensign and their respective construction sheets. I have attached a scan of the construction sheet for the State Ensign and Naval Ensign from the document. Accordingly, these two ensigns share the same construction sheet.

State Marine Ensign (Singapore (NUS) Central Library Call Number: V305.12Stm)
Misc. 6 of 1960
Presented to the Legislative Assembly by the Deputy Prime Minister. Ordered by the Assembly to lie upon the Table: 24th December 1960..

"The State Marine Ensign shall be a blue ensign with the top left hand quarter of red charged with a crescent sided by five stars in a circle all in white and an eight pointed red and white star in the lower right hand quarter. The ratio of the width to the length of ensign shall be one to two.
The colour blue is symbolic of the sea, the crescent and stars are from the State Flag and the eight pointed star represents the marinerís compass."
Herman Felani M.Y., 1 November 2003