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France: Naval rank flags

Last modified: 2010-12-04 by ivan sache
Keywords: admiral | vice admiral | rear admiral | stars: 5 (blue) | stars: 4 (blue) | stars: 3 (white) | stars: 2 (white) | star (white) | batons: 2 (blue) | captain | nato |
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Admiral of France

[Flag of an Admiral of France]         [Car flag of an Admiral of France]

Flag at sea (left) and car flag (right) of an Admiral of France - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag of an Admiral of France (Amiral de France) is a square tricolour flag with two blue Marshal's batons placed in saltire in the middle of the white stripe.
The car flag of an Admiral of France is similar but with proportions 7:8.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


Admiral

[Flag of an Admiral]         [Car flag of an Admiral]

Flag at sea (left) and car flag (right) of an Admiral - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], The flag of an Admiral (Amiral) is a square tricolour flag with five blue stars placed 1-1-2-1 in the middle of the white stripe.
The car flag of an Admiral is similar but with proportions 7:8.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


Squadron Vice Admiral

[Flag of a Squadron Vice Admiral]         [Car flag of a Squadron Vice Admira]

Flag at sea (left) and car flag (right) of a Squadron Vice Admiral - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag of a Squadron Vice Admiral (Vice-Amiral d'Escadre) is a square tricolour flag with four blue stars placed 1-2-1 in the middle of the white stripe.
The car flag of a Squadron Vice Admiral is similar but with proportions 7:8.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


Vice Admiral

[Flag of a Vice Admiral]         [Car flag of a Vice Admiral]

Flag at sea (left) and car flag (right) of a Vice Admiral - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag of a Vice Admiral (Vice-Amiral) is a square tricolour flag with three white stars placed 1-2 in canton.
The car flag of a Vice Admiral is similar but with proportions 7:8.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


Rear Admiral

[Flag of a Rear Admiral]         [Car flag of a Rear Admiral]

Flag at sea (left) and car flag (right) of a Rear Admiral - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag of a Rear Admiral (Contre-Amiral) is a square tricolour flag divided by a white cross and with two white stars placed horizontally in canton.
The car flag of a Vice Admiral is similar but with proportions 7:8.

On 1 January 2002, Rear Admiral Chantal Desbordes, aged 52, shall be the first woman appointed as General Officer in the French Navy. When she started her naval career 30 years ago, women were not allowed to embark on Navy vessels. They are now allowed to serve on all vessels except submarines.

Željko Heimer & Ivan Sache, 20 December 2001


Ship-of-the-Line Captain

[Captain commanding a Division]         [Flag of a Captain]

Flag of a Ship-of-the-Line Captain - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001
left, commissioned as the Chief of a Division;
right, commanding a Division, a Naval Force, a Maritime Area, the Navy overseas or in Paris, or Major General.

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag of a Ship-of-the-Line Captain (Capitaine de Vaisseau) is a tricolour swallow-tailed flag. with a white star in canton, proportion 1:2.
A white star is added in canton when the Captain is the Chief of a Division.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


Senior Officer afloat

[Seniority pennant]         [Senior Merchant Navy Captain pennant]

Flag of the Senior Officer afloat - Images by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001
left, when only French vessels are present;
right, when no Navy vessels is present.

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00],the flag of the Senior Officer afloat is a blue triangular flag, with proportions 1:2. It should be used only when no foreign vessel is present.
When no warhsip is present, the senior merchant captain flies the same flag, but divided blue-white.

[Seniority pennant, NATO]

NATO seniority pennant - Image by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001

The standard NATO seniority pennant, a trapezoid flag vertically divided green-white-green, with proportions 3:10, is used on French vessels when among NATO fleet.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2001


 
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