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Ghanaian Navy

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Navy ensign (tricolor)

Flag of Ghana image by Željko Heimer, 08 October 2001

The Album 2000 [pay00] says:

1. National Flag. CSW/-SW 2:3
Željko Heimer, 08 October 2001

Politikens Flagbook [rya00a] just mentions a white ensign for Warships. I wonder when the National flag is used as Millitary Ensign.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 08 October 2001

Recent (1995) photos of Ghanaian warships show St. George cross, and national flag in canton yet French navy ship in port visit to Tema in June 1999 reports that the Ghanaian patrol ship showed the national flag as ensign. So, I think that both can be used as naval ensign.
Armand du Payrat, 04 April 2001

In 1995 they flew a white ensign, in 1999 they flew a tricolor. Did they change between those dates, or are they inconsistent?
John Ayer, 04 April 2001

Navy ensign (white ensign)

War ensign image by Željko Heimer, 08 October 2001

The Album 2000 [pay00] says:

2. Alternative Naval Ensign. ---/--W 5:8
British influenced white ensign with red St. George cross throughout and with the national flag in canton. Where is this ratio from?
Željko Heimer, 08 October 2001

According to [smi75], the cross width is 1/9th of the hoist. But are the proportions really 2:3? I’d expect ≅9:15…
António Martins, 22 February 1998

Janes’s Fighting Ships 2000 [jfs] shows the Ghanaian Navy consisting of four patrol boats, two each of two classes. The two photographs, dated 1998 and 1999, both show the white ensign with cross, one flying at the ensign staff on the stern and the other on the starboard yardarm. The electronic 2001 edition of [jfs] has two new pictures of the Ghanaian Navy, both dated 2000. Again, both patrol boats are flying the white ensign.
Joe McMillan, 04 April 2001

The Naval Ensign is also similar to that of Britain, as are those of many Commonwealth countries, but in this case it has the proportions 2:3, and has the Ghanaian flag in the canton.
Santiago Dotor, 23 February 2000, quoting [c2b81], page 151

The ensign was established by Order No. 410 of the Minister of Defence, published in Ghana Gazette No. 15 dated 20 February 1960, however, I assume (but without confirmation) that its canton was amended on 1 January 1964 and on 28 February 1966 in line with changes to the national flag. The best information I have suggests proportions of 2:3 rather than 5:8, but this is not official Christopher Southworth, 22 August 2010

Crossless variation

War ensign image by Peter Krembs, 03 April 2001

According to Ultimate Pocket Flags of the World [rya97], this is the naval ensign of Ghana.
Peter Krembs, 03 April 2001

I have no records with that white flag reported by [rya97].
Armand du Payrat, 04 April 2001

Chief of Naval Staff

War ensign image by Željko Heimer, 08 October 2001

According to the Album 2000 [pay00], the Chief of Naval Staff uses a 2:3 white flag with red cross throughout with two black balls, one in 1st and one in 3rd quarter. There is, I guess, no doubt on British influence here, too.
Željko Heimer, 08 Oct 2001