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Chilean Navy rank flags

Last modified: 2019-01-11 by randy young
Keywords: star: 5 points (white) | stars: 3 (white) | stars: 4 (white) | stars: triangle | stars: 2 (white on blue) | stars: 2 (white on red) | stars: row | star: 5 points (blue on white) |
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Introduction

Also, as in other Chilean flags with stars, there does not seem to be any detailed prescription regarding the sizes and the exact poitions of the stars, so I have followed the drawings in Album 2000 [pay00] (that, as a rule, follows the Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu39]). I believe that the eventual error introduced so could not be that great.
Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

Commander-in-Chief of the Navy

[Navy CinC]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 blue flag with a white star in each corner. Already shown in Flaggenbuch [neu39] as "Flagge des Generaldirectors der Marine" (Flag of the General Director of the Navy).
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Rank flag of Army Chief Commandant.
Jaume Ollé, 31 August 1996

Vice Admiral
(also Chief of Joint Staff, Chief of Navy Staff)

[Vice Admiral flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

Blue flag with three white five-pointed stars, one in the midle of the top half and one in each lower corner.
Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 blue flag with three white stars in triangle. Already shown in Flaggenbuch [neu39]. A note in Album says the flag is also used by the Chief of Joint Staff or Navy Staff.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Vice Admiral when not in command

[Vice Admiral red flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

At least during World War II, the flag of a vice admiral was different if he was commanding than if he wasn't (red instead of blue), ie. the same principle as with rear admiral. (Source: Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II [jfs98])
Marcus Wendel, 5 September 1999

This confirmed neither by Flaggenbuch [neu39] nor by Album [pay00]. We can guess it was only used during the Second World War.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Rear Admiral with Command in Chief

[flag of Rear Admiral with Command in Chief]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 blue flag with two white stars placed vertically in the middle of the flag. Already shown in Flaggenbuch [neu39], with the same allocation, and also "als Chef des Stabes in Ministerium" (as Chief of Staff in Ministry). If the Ministry of Navy was suppressed, that allocation automatically disappeared, too.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Rear Admiral when not in command

[flag of Rear Admiral with subordinate command]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

In Album 2000 [pay00], a note to Rear Admiral says: "with red field, not in command." Already shown in Flaggenbuch [neu39].
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Commodore or Captain in Command

[flag of Commodore or Captain in Command]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 swallow-tailed flag with a white star in the middle. The fork spreads over 2/5th of the flag length.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Commodore or Captain not in Command

[flag of Commodore with Subordinate Command]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

A red version of Commodore rank flag. (Source: Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II [jfs98])
Marcus Wendel, 5 September 1999

In Album 2000 [pay00], a note to Commodore says: "with red field, not in command." Already shown in Flaggenbuch [neu39] and also listed as "eines Divisionschefs als Oberbefehlshaber" (Chief of a Division with Superior Command).
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Senior Officer Afloat

[SOA rank flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:5 blue pennant with a white star near the hoist. Star has the same size as in the new naval jack.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Previous version

[Previous SOA rank flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

Flaggenbuch [neu39] shows a 2:3 red pennant with a white star near the hoist as "Dienstalterstander" (Senior Officer Afloat). The same flag was described but not shown in Album 1995 [pie95].
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

This is the flag of Chief of Bay.
Jaume Ollé, 6 September 1996

Missile Boat Flotilla Commander or Senior Officer

[Missile Boat Flotilla Commander rank flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 swallow-tailed flag, horizontally divided blue-white-blue, with a blue star in the middle of the white stripe.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Torpedo Boat Flotilla Commander

[Torpedo Boat Flotilla Commander rank flag]
image by Željko Heimer, 14 December 2005

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 2:3 swallow-tailed flag, horizontally divided red-white-red, with a blue star in the middle of the white stripe.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2001

Historical

Pennant

[Historical naval pennant flag]
image by Ivan Sache, 14 November 2018

Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives des marines de guerre et de commerce (1889) shows the Chilean ensign and jack as we know them, an health pennant similar to the Health Commissioner's pennant hitherto known only from Flaggenbuch 1925, and:
  • the pennant, similar to the jack but swallow-tailed;
  • the Chief of Bay's pennant, a triangular (1:3) red pennant charged with a white star.
Ivan Sache, 14 November 2018

Chief of Bay

[Historical Chief of Bay pennant]
image by Ivan Sache, 14 November 2018

Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives des marines de guerre et de commerce (1889) shows the Chilean ensign and jack as we know them, an health pennant similar to the Health Commissioner's pennant hitherto known only from Flaggenbuch 1925, and:
  • the pennant, similar to the jack but swallow-tailed;
  • the Chief of Bay's pennant, a triangular (1:3) red pennant charged with a white star.
Ivan Sache, 14 November 2018


 
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