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Order of Naval Merit, I Class Cross with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Rojo), since 1975 issue
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Order of Naval Merit, I Class Cross with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Rojo), since 1975 issue
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Gilt-edged red enamel Latin cross on swivel royal crown suspension of the Juan Carlos I era; the face with an imposed gilt naval anchor; the reverse plain stippled; on original ribbon with gilt ‘pasador’ top bar mounted for wear. The Order was instituted in 1866 for Queen Isabel II in four classes for meritorious service in the Spanish Navy. In 1870, it was amended so that the cross was of white enamel in times of peace, and of red in times of war and adding the category of ‘pensioner’ for naval officers no longer on active service. In 1891 the category of ‘pensioner’ was extended to the lower ranks of the Order and in 1970 the red enamel version for wartime was abolished, to be revived in 1975 with the accession of King Juan Carlos I.

 
Order of Naval Merit, I Class Cross with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Rojo), since 1975 issue
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Order of Naval Merit, I Class Cross with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Rojo), since 1975 issue
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Order of Naval Merit, I Class Cross with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Rojo), since 1975 issue
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