The Crest of the Naval Service Reserve

The crest is based on other crests within the Naval Service.  The symbol for the Naval Service Reserve has always been the Castle and Fouled Anchor.  This is on one side of the crest, on the other is the gold harp on a green background, also known as the Arms of Ireland, the gold harp on a green flag was the unofficial national flag of Ireland from 1798 until the early 20th century.  This flag is flown in addition to the Naval Ensign (the tri-colour), by Irish Naval Ships at the Jack staff when at anchor, moored, alongside or when under way and dressed with Masthead Ensigns. It is hoisted and half masted at the same time and in like manner as the Naval Ensign.


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