REPUBLIC OF CHILE
 


 
CURRENT NAVAL ENSIGNS & FLAGS
 
Notes
 

The national flag of Chile, which is also the naval ensign, was adopted on 18 October 1817 by the provisional government of Captain-General Bernardo O’Higgins. It was displayed publicly for the first time on 12 February 1818, when Chile officially proclaimed independence from Spain. There is some dispute as to the origin of the flag; several sources say that it was designed by an American fighting for Chilean independence in the army of General José de San Martin. Certainly the flag of Chile bears more than a passing resemblance to the Stars and Stripes.

The naval flags of Chile also follow United States patterns. The national flag serves as the naval ensign and the jack is the canton of the ensign. Previously the jack was square; nowadays it is made in 2:3 proportions. Rank flags are similar to their US equivalents though Chile maintains the practice, abandoned by the US Navy, of providing subordinate rank flags for occasions when two admirals of the same rank are present. The senior officer present afloat, if below the rank of commodore, flies a triangular pennant. The commanding officers of the Navy's torpedo and missile fast attack craft flotillas have distinctive forked command pennants.

Flag Proportions: Chilean naval flags are made in 2:3 proportions.
 



 

NAVAL ENSIGN


 

NAVAL JACK

 

COMMISSIONING PENNANT

 

RANK FLAGS & COMMAND PENNANTS

 

ADMIRAL

 

VICE-ADMIRAL IN COMMAND

 

VICE ADMIRAL SUBORDINATE

 

REAR-ADMIRAL IN COMMAND

 

REAR-ADMIRAL SUBORDINATE

 

COMMODORE IN COMMAND

 

COMMODORE SUBORDINATE

 

SENIOR OFFICER

 

FLOTILLA COMMANDER
FAST ATTACK CRAFT (MISSILE)
 

 

FLOTILLA COMMANDER
FAST ATTACK CRAFT (TORPEDO)
 



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