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Naval Ensign

[Bulgarian naval ensign] by Željko Heimer

White over green over red 4-1-1 flag with yellow lion near the hoist in the white stripe. This flag, as well as all other Bulgarian flags including lion symbol, is adopted after the coat of arms was adopted after long discussions (i.e. after 1997, do we know exactly when?). BTW, the green stripe in Album in this, and all other flags based on this design, is slightly bigger then the red stripe. I believe that this may be an effect of printing process and that I am being over- picky again - but can we confirm the 4-1-1 scheme?

Željko Heimer, 16 April 2001


Naval Jack

[Bulgarian naval jack] by Željko Heimer

White flag with green saltire and over it a red cross throughout. Again, the influence of Russian naval practice is apparent, even if such design could have come from other sources also. The jack was introduced after the 1990's changes, but if it is an entirely new one or reintroduction of some older pattern, I am not sure. Also, I am not sure when exactly was it introduced (possibly before 1997 coat of arms decision). Based on my approximation of the Album image, it seems that the width of the cross and saltire arms is 1/6 of the hoist. Incidentally, I believe it could be mathematically proven that if so, then the size of the green edges of the flag would be 1/10 of the flag hoist vertically near each corner, and 1/10 of flag length horizontally near each corner. Anyone care for the proof?

Željko Heimer, 16 April 2001


Auxiliary Vessels and Coast Guard Ensign

[Coast Guard Ensign] by Željko Heimer

Green flag with naval ensign in canton. I believe that this is influenced by Russian (Soviet) green ensigns, however I don't remember of similar flags in socialist era. Did I miss something?

Željko Heimer, 16 April 2001


Commander in Chief of the Navy

[Commander in Chief of the Navy] by Željko Heimer

Red flag with the naval ensign in canton, fimbriated from the red field with a white line and with three white anchors set one each in the remaining quarters of the red field.

Željko Heimer, 18 April 2001


Navy Chief of Staff

[Bulgarian naval jack] by Željko Heimer

Red flag with the canton equal to the Minister of Defence flag, fimbriated from the red field with a white line and with three white star set one each in the remaining quarters of the red field. As it is expected from me to raise weird questions - I would like if it can be confirmed that the flag in canton used on this flag is indeed the same as the Min-Def, and not the naval ensign which is used apparently in all other naval flags. (the difference is, of course, in the wreath around the lion). If it is confirmed (I have no doubt it shall be so) it may be a good idea of pointing out this "irregularity" on FOTW.

Željko Heimer, 18 April 2001


Naval Group Commander

[Naval Group Commander] by Željko Heimer

Red flag with the naval ensign in canton, fimbriated from the red field with a white line and with two white stars set one each in the fly quarters.

Željko Heimer, 18 April 2001


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