DOMINION OF CANADA
 


 

CURRENT MILITARY & NAVAL FLAGS
 

Images Added August 2001

Appointment Flag, Commander, Land Forces Central Area   Appointment Flag, Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic
Appointment Flag, Commander, Northern Maritime Region
 

Notes
 

In 1965 Canada adopted a new national flag in place of the Canadian Red Ensign. The Maple Leaf Flag, as the new flag came to be nicknamed, also became Canada's naval ensign, replacing the British White Ensign. Between 1965 and 1968 it also served as the naval jack, replacing the Canadian Blue Ensign. A new jack was adopted in 1968: white with a canton of the national flag and the naval badge in the fly. Finally, on 5 May 2013 (Battle of the Atlantic Sunday), jack and ensign switched roles, this to provide the Royal Canadian Navy with a distinctive ensign.

Since 1965, a number of additional naval and military flags have been introduced. For the most part they follow British practice, displaying the national flag in the canton with various badges or insignia in the fly.

In theory, Canada's military establishment is unified; that is, there are no separate services, just functional commands. In practice unification has proved unpopular, and the separate identities of the ground, air and naval components of the armed forces (Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy) have recently been restored. This is reflected in the design of the current RCAF Ensign, which is now the same as the one used prior to armed forces unification, except that the Canadian national flag replaces the Union Jack in the canton. The Canadian Army Flag, introduced in 1998, was formerly known as the Land Forces Command Flag

Rank flags are the same for generals, admirals and senior officers regardless of component. As shown, a badge may appear in the fly of these rank flags for commanding officers of major commands.  For naval commanders, an alternate, semi-official set of rank flags exists: dark blue with from one to four gold maple leaves according to rank. The maple leaves are arranged as in the same manner as the stars on the rank flags of US Navy flag officers.

Flag Proportions: Current Canadian ensigns, jacks and military flags (other than regimental colors and flags) have 1:2 proportions. Rank and appointment flags are made in approximate 3:5 proportions.
 



 

NATIONAL FLAG & NAVAL JACK


 

 NAVAL ENSIGN

 

CANADIAN FORCES ENSIGN

 

NAVAL AUXILIARY JACK

 

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE ENSIGN

 

 CANADIAN ARMY FLAG

 

RANK FLAGS

 

ADMIRAL & VICE-ADMIRAL     GENERAL & LIEUTENANT GENERAL

 

REAR-ADMIRAL    MAJOR-GENERAL

 

COMMODORE    BRIGADIER-GENERAL

 

SENIOR OFFICER WITH COMMAND APPOINTMENT

 

APPOINTMENT FLAGS

 

COMMANDER, LAND FORCES CENTRAL AREA

 

COMMANDER, MARITIME FORCES ATLANTIC

 

COMMANDER, NORTHERN MARITIME REGION

 

FLEET COMMANDERS, ATLANTIC & PACIFIC
 



 

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