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Albania: Ensigns

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Civil ensign

[Albanian civil ensign]by Željko Heimer

The civil ensign of Albania is horizontally divided red-black-red.

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00]


Naval ensign

[Albanian naval ensign]by Mark Sensen & Ivan Sache

The naval ensign of Albania is white with the Albanian black double-headed eagle and a thin red stripe at the bottom of the flag.

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00]


Unknown flag possibly related to the naval ensign (1997)

A TV report about the unrest in southern Albania in spring 1997 was talking about how rebels had seized some navy vessels. Flying from one of the ships was an unusual variation on the Albanian national flag: the flag was white with a broad red stripe along the bottom, and in the centre of the white was a golden double-headed eagle outlined in black.
Is it an Albanian naval ensign (following a similar sort of pattern to the old Soviet Union ones...), or a flag of the rebels? Or possibly a flag of the region around Vlorë? News reports don't make it sound as though the rebels are a organised or cohesive enough group yet to have their own flag.

James Dignan, 6 March 1997

I believe that this was the Albanian naval ensign. From around 1948 till 1992 it also had a small yellow outlined red star above the eagle heads (see Historical ensigns).

Bruce Ward, 6 March 1997

It is the Albanian naval (war) ensign, except that in Album des Pavillons [pay00] the eagle is black, as in the national flag. Maybe the golden eagle has to do with a command rank?

Ivan Sache, 6 March 1997

In a recent news footage of a demonstration in the town of Sarandë, the only flag being waved was the naval ensign (with black eagle and red stripe). Maybe the rebels have unofficially adopted it as their flag in order to distinguish themselves from the government side?

Roy Stilling, 6 March 1997


Auxiliary vessels ensign

[Albanian auxiliary ships ensign]by Mark Sensen and Ivan Sache

The flag is similar to the naval ensign but with the bottom stripe blue instead of red.

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00], flag captioned 'Existence not confirmed'.


Coast guard ensign

[Albanian coast-guard ensign]by Mark Sensen and Ivan Sache

The flag is similar to the naval ensign but with the bottom stripe green instead of red.

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00], flag captioned 'Existence not confirmed'.

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