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Ethiopian Imperial Naval Rank Flags (1956 - 1975)

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Background

The Ethiopian Imperial Naval Rank flags were adopted in 1956 when Ethiopia established its own navy. The flags became obsolete in 1975 following the abolition of the Monarchy. Ethiopia lost its coastline when Eritrea broke away in 1993 and the fleet of naval vessels was taken over by the Eritrean government.  Eritrea did not maintain the navy and sold all the naval vessels to foreign buyers.  These images are based on the "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II 1958" [hms58].
Miles Li, 26 Dec2005


Minister of Defence

Image by Yared Haile Selassie, 21 Aug 2004; modified by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

The flag used by the Minister of Defence during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie was a square form of the national tricolour with an emblem in the centre and the Imperial Crown in gold in the canton.  The emblem consisted of a circular shield in front of a spear and a rifle in saltire - all in green.
Željko Heimer (based on information by Yared Haile Selassie) 21 Aug 2004


Minister of Marine

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

The flag used  by the Minister of Marine was a square form of the national tricolour with two crossed anchors in green in the centre.
Željko Heimer (based on information by Yared Haile Selassie) 21 Aug 2004


Commander of the Naval Fleet

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

The flag is shown with the caption  "Commander of Coast Guard Ships" in "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II)" [hms58] and is a square form of the national tricolour with an anchor in green in the centre.
Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005


Commander of a Naval Port

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

This flag is shown with the caption "Coast Guard Officer of Ports" in "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II)" [hms58].  It is a square swallow tail of the national tricolour with the Imperial Crown in gold in the canton and a green anchor in the centre.
Miles Li, 26 December 2005


Senior Naval Officer

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

This flag is shown with the caption "Coast Guard Officer of Ships" in "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II)" [hms58] and is a square swallow tail of the national tricolour with a green anchor in the centre.
Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005


Vice Admiral

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

The rank flag of the Vice Admiral is a square form of the national tricolour with a six pointed star in the centre.  The form of the star shown in "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II)" [hms58] is of a more elaborate design.  The design of the star shown here is the same as that used on the roundel of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force.
Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005


Rear Admiral

Image by Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005

The rank flag of the Rear Admiral is a square form of the national tricolour with two six pointed stars in the centre.  The form of the stars shown in "Flags of all Nations (B.R. 20(2). Volume II)" [hms58] are of a more elaborate design.  The design of the stars shown here is the same as that used on the roundel of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force
Miles Li, 26 Dec 2005


 

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