HC Deb 13 April 1910 vol 16 c1216

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether both the Dominion cruiser battleships have been ordered; where they were to be built; the date on which they would be laid down; and the flag they would sail under when commissioned?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

Orders for two armoured vessels have been provisionally placed— one with Messrs. John Brown and Company for the Commonwealth of Australia, and the other with the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company for the Dominion of New Zealand. The date for laying down will be settled by the contractors when the placing of the orders has been confirmed. One of the vessels will form part of the Australian fleet unit, and the other will form part of the Royal Navy.


Is it possible to give some idea as to the flag these vessels will sail under in time of war?


No, Sir. Ships forming part of the Royal Navy will fly the white ensign. Ships forming part of the Australian Navy will fly any such flag as the Australian Government may determine.