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Bailer
11th March 2003, 16:06
<font Face="tahoma" color="#99cc00">From www.irishmilitaryinsignia.com.</font>

The 101 Squadron is now the designation (since 2002) for what use to be Maritime
Squadron. The New Unit Badge retains the Gannet from the original badge but now also features
the map of Europe & Euro Stars (notice one star is actually a Shamrock). The motto
"Eyes over the Sea" is now in Irish.


http://www.irishmilitaryinsignia.com/flash/images/aircorps/squadrons/101sqn_large.gif

The badge was designed by a Corporal Finbar Cotter and will first worn by the squadron
in March 2003.


The Army Co-Op Sqn Was re designated 104 Sqn in July 2002 and also had thier Badge re designed.

ranger
11th March 2003, 16:33
should there be 15 euro stars...............?

John
11th March 2003, 16:47
No, the number of stars is right. The authorities in Europe say that the number of stars should not be thought of as being equal to the number of member countries; they want to stick with twelve, even if more countries join.

Bailer
11th March 2003, 17:52
<FONT fACE="TAHOMa" COLOR="#99CC00">It was Decided When Sweden, Austria, and Finland Joined that The Existing Flag in use since 1986 should remain with 12 Stars regardless of Member States.

Begs the Question why the Shamrock was Added. There's only 11 So...

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FMolloy
11th March 2003, 17:55
I'd assume the Shamrock takes the place of the Irish star.

Silver
11th March 2003, 19:53
The shamrock is also placed (on the badge) where most of the maritime patrols take place - i.e. over the atlantic !

;)

EagleEye
12th March 2003, 06:00
I think it is quite smart. Well done to Cpl. Finbar Cotter for his design skills.