For the first time in history, the rainbow flag, which is the flag of the LGBT movement, was raised onboard a Norwegian warship. This happened in the Bergen Byfjorden.
According to NRK, due to COVID restrictions, it has become very difficult to hold events in the center of cities. Therefore, the authorities of the Norwegian city of Bergen permitted to hold an LGBT parade on boats at sea.
And for the first time in history, the Norwegian Navy took part in the “Rainbow Days.” In particular, the anti-submarine ship “Hitra,” the patrol vessel “Tur,” the support vessel “Olav Tryggvason,” as well as two training vessels and two light boats participated in the parade. For the first time, Norwegian warships flew rainbow flags. The crews of these vessels also waved small rainbow flags, greeting other participants in the parade.
The head of the Navy, Rune Andersen, said that sailors have a tradition of communicating with signal flags, and today Norwegian sailors signaled that they are participating in the fight for diversity. “It is important for us to make it clear that everyone can serve in the navy, regardless of their origin and orientation,” he said.