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When ships of the Royal Navy were not part of a large squadron under the command of an admiral, vice-admiral or commodore, did they also fly a red ensign. I am thinking in terms of frigate, sloops, & brigs which had duties other than fleet actions. How does one know?


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I believe (but of course can't find a reference) that the red ensign would have been flown by any ships operating directly under Admiralty orders.  That would not be typical, as most ships would be under the command of a flag officer even if they are operating "independently" from the main body of a fleet, and hence adopt the red, white or blue squadron designation of the commanding admiral.


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