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Belgium: Minister of Defense

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[Minister of Defense's flag]by Santiago Dotor

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Description of the flag

The flag is rectangular, white with a thin green border (about 1/20th of the hoist.
The roundel-like emblem in the middle of the flag has a blue outer ring, containing 12 yellow five-pointed stars and the NATO star in the bottom. The next ring is red and the next one is yellow. There is an inner black disc and on it and on the yellow ring a brown rampant lion, hovering above it a royal crown.
The lettering in the bottom of the red ring is, from left to right:

The emblem can be seen on the Ministry of Defense website.

The flag is flown over the Belgian Minister of Defense, Rue Lambermont / Lambermontstraat 8 in Brussels.

Santiago Dotor, Ivan Sache & Jan Mertens, 13 April 2003

Former flag (1970s)

[Minister of Defense]by Ole Andersen

The Minister of Defense, when onboard, used the same square tricolor Belgian flags as the other Ministers of the federal government.

Source: Léon Nyssen

Ivan Sache, 16 May 2002

Former flag (1960s)

[Former flag]by Ivan Sache & Mark Sensen

The flag, as shown by Pedersen [ped71], is a Belgian tricolor (2:3) with the naval ensign (reduced to 1/3) in canton.

According to the successive editions of the Regulation ZDTr 005, prescribing "Ensigns, marks, triangles and wimpels in use by the Naval Force (now the Navy)", the Minister's flag did not exist yet in 1959 and had ceased to exist before January 1973. It was used between these years (exact dates are unknown), only when the Minister of National Defense was onboard.

Source: Michel Lupant & Léon Nyssen

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2002

Former flag

In 1959, a personal flag was designed for the Minister of Defense. It was a Belgian tricolor flag with the letters MDN placed in a diagonal pattern in the yellow stripe. The letters were black in a Arial-like police.

Source: Léon Nyssen

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2002