I have always wondered why she is HMS WARRIOR yet flies a Red Duster. I also noticed that HMS MEDUSA was in Portsmouth flying a Red Duster so assume it is because they are no longer commissioned as warships. Any info much appreciated.
The restored ironclad was renamed Warrior (1860) to avoid confusion with the Northwood Headquarters, commissioned as HMS Warrior, which was at the time the operational headquarters of the Royal Navy. The base became the Joint Headquarters in 1996, before being decommissioned in 1999 to become the Joint Services Headquarters.
(Bits from Wiki)
As you say, no commission, no white ensign and I suspect the HMS is "unofficial".
She has certainly come a long way from her days at Pembroke Dock
Other static museum ships such as HMS Belfast/Cavalier fly the white ensign, for which they have special dispensation (Belfast's by act of parliament).
I believe the reason Medusa flies the red is because she's still in working order and is therefore registered as a merchant vessel.
I'm led to believe that the reason Warrior sports the Red Ensign is that when first commissioned the old system of Red, Blue and White squadrons was still to the fore. Since she was initially commissioned into the 'Red' squadron (disbanded a few years later), in preservation she therefore flies a red ensign.
Another great shot Shaun!(Thumb)
And anyway it is the Senior Ensign.
Interesting snippet from the ORACLE
-"The BRITANNIA is not a commissioned RN ship, and so cannot fly the White Ensign, under Article 9132 of QRRN. Special
permission was sought to fly the White Ensign. However, the recent revision of QRRN Chapter 91 concluded that instances for
approval for the White Ensign to be flown ashore should be clearly set out, but that no new applications for use in civil locations
would be granted, and the application was refused. The BRITANNIA was however granted a special dispensation in 1998 by the
Secretary of State for Defence, by formal Warrant, to fly the Union Flag as a Jack. The Secretary of State has this power under
section 2(3)(a) of the MSA 1995, but the BRITANNIAs privilege, like that of the Royal Yacht Squadron with respect to the White
Ensign, is expected to remain unique."
Submarine OCELOT at Chatham - not HMS - wears the Union Flag within the white border as if a merchant vessel.
I recall that at RN College Greenwich we wore the White Ensign despite being a civil establishment and not a commissioned ship. This was by a special Order in Council by the Board of Admiralty in about 1926. Many were a bit bootfaced when seeing the White Ensign casually displayed in inappropriate locations by thems as shouldn'tave. I had a go at the NMM when they hiosted the White Ensign but they came back with some weasily wording about it being not "worn"but as an adjunct to the display in the same way that they had a French naval ensign up a mast sometimes !