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Colombian Naval Ensign

by Zeljko Heimer, 20 May 2001

In war time (doubtful)
by Zeljko Heimer, 20 May 2001

Ratio 2:3. Adopted: 12 November 1932. In use except small changes of the shield.
Jaume Ollé, 25 July 1996

Like the National Flag, with a white circle in the center, with the Coat of Arms inside.
Jan Zrzavy
, 16 January 1998

'Pavillons nationaux et marques distinctives' [pay00], Fig. 2 (naval ensign) - Note 1 says in wartime it have red border around the disk containing the Coat of Arms.
Zeljko Heimer, 9 January 2001

On <>, there is the law on the national flag in spanish, but as far as I have understood in quick glance, it deals quite detailed (centimeters-wise) on the national flag and civil and war ensigns, as well as the "war flag for wartime" (as it is explained in Album) with red circle around the white disk with Coat of Arms.
Is this indeed the "war flag for wartime", or just the "usual" war ensign? It seems that the inscription in the red annulet is prescribed after all, and not "unofficial addition" as it is hinted here.
Zeljko Heimer, 14 May 2001

If Zeljko is referring to Article 3 of the decree which describes the "bandera de guerra en uso en el eje'rcito," a "bandera de guerra" in this context normally means simply a military color, not a flag flown only in wartime. 
Joe McMillan, 14 May 2001

According to [pay00] - Naval Ensign. ---/--W 2:3: National flag with a white disk (1/2 the hoist in diameter) with the Coat of Arms on it. Note to the figure explains that "during war time, the coat of arms is surrounded by a red ring 5 cm wide". The translation of the abovementioned laws would clear this up a bit, but 5 cm should be considered relative to 1.30 m. hoist of naval flags and it also include the name of the unit hoisting the flag in yellow letters. Also, the "war time" is highly doubtful - probably mistranslation.
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2001

Red ring around white disc with Coat of Arms is according to Smith and others the President's flag. My informations: naval ensign: 300 x 200 cm., white disc with Coat of Arms is 30 cm. diameter. Red ring is around in the warflag on land, but this flag is 135 x 100 cm., white disc 30 cm., red ring 5 cm.
Ralf Stelter, 17 May 2001

On presidential flag the red ring is smaller in diameter then the naval ensign and not reaching (or just touching, depending on source) the red stripe.
Zeljko Heimer, 17 May 2001

Naval ensign as legislated and as it is used. Naval ensign, military flag and cavalry standart was kept without change by resolutions 64 (9-1-1961) and 4235 (1965) and still in use.
Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

The flag with a Coat of Arms over a red-bordered white circle is very common. According to the presidency web-site the law says that flags with Coat of Arms are only suposed to be used by the presidency and the military, but they can be seen anywhere, from private corporations, to private citizens to school classrooms, etc.
Carlos Thompson, 24 March 2003

The Album 2000 says that the red disk only appears on the flag in time of war and shows the flag without, but Carlos tells us that it is generally shown.  What is the position, does it, perhaps, appear on the naval ensign in time of war only, and on the state flag all the time?
Christopher Southworth, 24 March 2003

I think the notion that the red ring appears only in time of war stems from the Spanish term used in much of South America for a military unit color:  "bandera de guerra," or war flag. 
Joe McMillan, 24 March 2003

Joe is perfectly right, I looked again at my sources and I must amend Album here : Colombian warships show naval ensign in all time, war and peace My fault was in translating spanish language
Armand Noel du Payrat, 24 March 2003

I took my New Year holidays at Cartagena. Navy ships used a tricolor with the shield in a white circle with no red border, but the white circle did not touched the red band. the School Ship ARC Gloria was in Cartagena too and open to tourists.  It exibited a big flag as can be seen in this picture. Here, the Coat of Arms in the white circle is unusually small, but in the other ships I saw, the diameter of the white circle was between 1/4 and 1/3 of the hoist.
Carlos Thompson, 9 January 2004

Variants (?)

by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

Colombian Navy Flag

by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001

by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001

Armada de la Republica de Colombia - This flag can be seen (in an arty, animated way), at the frame "organizacion" at <>.
Guillermo Tell, 3 June 2000

Naval Jack

by Zeljko Heimer, 20 May 2001

According to Album 2000 [pay00] - Jack (2:3) - Light blue flag (Album 2000 shows it in dark blue) with the Coat of Arms on a red bordered white disk. At least [zna99] claims on page 95 that Colombia uses a jack that is equal to the national flag , but I think that this is just not so (and maybe never was). However, I have not researched this quite enough to claim anything for sure.
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2001

Naval Pennant

by Zeljko Heimer, 23 May 2001

According to Album 2000 [pay00] - Masthead Pennant - Long blue pennant with the national flag at hoist. Ratio approximately 2:35, the national flag at hoist being about 1:3. Both Album 2000 and Jaume Ollé report this pennant being light blue (both giving considerably different ratio, but that may not be indicative). The question of light vs. dark blue was touched several times already. Album 2000 should be corrected (for current practice at least).
Zeljko Heimer, 23 May 2001