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Flag of British Antarctic Territory

British Antarctic Territory
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1963
Design A white ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, defaced with the coat of arms of the British Antarctic Territory. [0]
Colors
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History

The flag of the British Antarctic Territory was granted in 1963, a year after the British Antarctic Territory was created. Previously the Territory was a part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies and used the same flag.

The flag is a white ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, defaced with the coat of arms of the British Antarctic Territory. The flag flies over the British research stations in the Territory. Vessels of the British Antarctic Survey use a blue ensign defaced with the shield from the coat of arms. A flag is available for the Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory, a Union Flag defaced with the coat of arms.

It is the only Overseas British Territory to use the white ensign. [0]

Meaning

The arms consist of a shield bearing a flaming torch on a wavy background representing the sea. The dexter supporter is a golden lion, representing the United Kingdom. The sinister supporter is an Emperor penguin, representing the native wildlife in the territory. The lion stands on a compartment of grass, while the penguin stands on a compartment of ice. The crest is a representation of the RRS Discovery, the research ship used by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first journey to the Antarctic.

The motto is “Research and Discovery”, reflecting the aims of the British Antarctic Survey. [0]