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Naval Rank Flags (Taiwan)

Last modified: 2009-08-15 by phil nelson
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Chief of Staff

[Taiwanese Dhief of Staff Rank Flag] image by Miles Li, 5 May 2006


Vice Chief of Staff

[flag of Vice Chief of Staff]
image by Miles Li, 23 September 2006


Admiral First Class

[Taiwanese Admiral First Class Rank Flag] image by Željko Heimer and Miles Li

Proportions: 2:3

Only three men have ever attained this four-star rank, and although this rank still officially exists no-one in the navy is holding this rank today.
Miles Li, 12 April 2004


Admiral

[Taiwanese Admiral Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions: 2:3

Blue flag with white sun in the middle and red stripe along the top. While the Flaggenbuch provides complex construction sheet, it may well be described very simply, and I don't think even an image is necessary.

The overall sun diameter (including rays) is 2/3 of the hoist, and is set in the center of the flag. The stripe width is equal to 1/11 of the hoist. This construction of the other rank flags is analogue. For the swallow-tailed flags, the indentation is half the hoist deep, the sun is in the midpoint between hoist and top of the blue indentation. For squadron commander see further on.

I believe that the construction details have not been changed since, however, the Album does not entirely follow them - the sun is everywhere made smaller (about 55% of hoist instead of ~67%). Also the sun does not retain the mid-flag position, but rather it is centered in the blue field. I am inclined to think that this is an oversight rather then news. Is it not?
Željko Heimer, 5 February 2003


Vice-Admiral

[Taiwanese Vice Admiral Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions: 2:3

Blue flag with white sun in the middle and red stripe along the bottom.
Željko Heimer, 5 February 2003


Rear-Admiral.

[Taiwanese Rear Admiral Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions: 2:3

Blue flag with white sun in the middle and red stripes along both the top and the bottom.
Željko Heimer, 5 February 2003


Commodore (position abolished)

[Taiwanese Commodore Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions:.2:3

Swallow-tailed flag, blue with white sun and red stripe along the fly indentation.
Željko Heimer, 5 February 2003


Squadron Commander

[Taiwanese Squadron Commander Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions: 2:3

Blue broad-pennant with red edges along top and bottom and the white sun in the middle.

The image in Album is rather close to 9:14 instead of the indicated 2:3. This flag is apparently a new one (introduced when?), and as it does not appear in the Flaggenbuch I can only speculate on the construction sheet from the Album. I made it swallow-tailed half the hoist indented and distance between the fly tips 2/3 of hoist. No doubt the edge stripes are as wide as in the higher rank flags (1/11 of hoist). Also, the sun is similarly set in the middle between the hoist and the top of fly indentation. The sun diameter (together with rays) can't be 2/3 of hoist, as in admiral's flags, but setting it to 2/3 of the flag vertical size at the center-point of the sun makes it fairly similar to the Album image. However, the sun in this image is just as high as in the other rank flags shown in Album - though this is in disagreement with the Flaggenbuch - it may be possible explanation.
Željko Heimer, 6 February 2003


Senior Officer Afloat

[Taiwanese Squadron Commander Rank Flag] image by Zejlko Heimer

Proportions: 2:3

Blue swallow-tailed flag with white sun in the middle and red stripe along the bottom.

The same pattern as the Commodore's flag, the stripe at bottom as usual 1/11 of hoist wide
Željko Heimer, 6 February 2003


Captain

[Taiwanese Naval Captain Rank Flag] image by Jaume Ollé and Miles Li, 5 April 2006

This flag is meant to be flown on land (like the similar-looking Army/Marine/Air Force rank flags), but not on vessels.
Miles Li, 28 March 2004


References

Flaggenbuch (Flg.B.). Bearbeitet und herausgegeben vom Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine. Abgesclossen am 1. December 1939

Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives / National flags and distinctive markings

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