REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
 


 
MILITARY & NAVAL FLAGS & ENSIGNS, 1994-2003
 

Image Added August 2004

Naval Color
 

Notes
 

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and its branches have their own service flags that are variants of the South African national flag. All employ the SA national flag as a canton and all except the naval ensign display the relevant service insignia in the lower fly. Field colors are green for the SANDF, dark orange for the SA Army, light blue for the SA Air Force and maroon for the SA Medical Service. (The SAMS is a separate branch that provides medical support to all the other services.) The naval ensign is white with a green St. George-style cross. The SA national flag is used as the naval jack.

All the service flags adopted in 1994-1995 were identical to those used previously, except for the substitution of the 1994 national flag for the 1928 national flag in the canton. The previous naval ensign displayed the SA Navy crest in the lower fly; this was deleted from the 1994 ensign but retained in a somewhat different form for the ceremonial naval color. In 2001 new service insignia began to be introduced, and these have now replaced the previous designs, which were carried over from the days of white minority rule. The first flag to carry the new insignia was the 2002-03 Army flag, which seems to have been an interim design with the insignia on a conventional shield. In 2003, a revised Army flag was adopted, featuring the nine-pointed badge that has now become standard for all SA military branch insignia. Other flags were changed at the same time.

Naval rank flags are of the British pattern with green rather than red crosses and disks. The air force rank flags used up to 2003 were light blue with the SAAF insignia in the upper hoist.

Flag Proportions: All SA military flags and ensigns have 2:3 proportions.
 



 

NATIONAL FLAG & NAVAL JACK

 

DEFENSE FORCE

 

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE

 

SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY

 

NAVAL ENSIGN

 

NAVAL COLOR

 

NAVAL RANK FLAGS

 

ADMIRAL

 

VICE-ADMIRAL

 

REAR-ADMIRAL

 

SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY

 

1994-2002

 

2002-03

 

SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE & MEDICAL SERVICE

 

SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE

 

SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL SERVICE

 

AIR FORCE RANK FLAGS

 

GENERAL OFFICER

 

FIELD OFFICER

 

UNIT COMMANDER

 


 

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