India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, Vikrant, will be commissioned on Friday in Kochi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will use the occasion to reveal the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan) for the Indian Navy.

We are about to see the fourth redesign of the Naval emblem since 1950.

On September 2, when the first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant is commissioned at the Cochin Shipyard Limited Kochi, Kerala, the new one will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday, “During the event, the Prime Minister will also unveil the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), getting rid of the colonial past and fitting the rich Indian maritime heritage.”

When India became a republic on January 26, 1950, the Navy Crest and flags were changed to show that India was now its own country.

The Red St. George’s Cross was a part of the flag that was left over by the British. In the top left corner of the flag, the Union Jack was replaced by the Tricolor.

The Red St. George’s Cross was kept until August 15, 2001, when it was replaced with a Navy blue Indian Navy crest.

In 2004, the St. George’s Cross was brought back, but this time it had the Ashoka symbol in the middle. The Naval crest was taken off. Under the Ashok Emblem, the national motto “Satyameva Jayate” was added in 2014 at the direction of the Union Home Ministry.

The Navy now uses the ensign that was officially adopted in 2014. The Ashoka insignia and the phrases “Satyameva Jayate” are displayed on a white flag with red stripes representing the Cross of Saint George. Typically, the tricolor is displayed in the upper right-hand corner.

Changes, such as a return to the state of affairs in 2001, when the cross was removed, could be among those announced by Modi. Possibly, an anchor-shaped naval insignia may be added.

The Vikrant takes her name from the legendary Indian Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, which saw significant action in the 1971 war.

Over a hundred micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and big industrial houses in the country contributed to the production of the equipment and machinery used.