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IMPERIAL RUSSIAN NAVY  •  CAPTAIN OF THE PORT  • CIRCA 1890

The Imperial Russian Navy was notable for the variety of its rank and appointment flags, of which there were an extraordinarily large number. Among them was the appointment flag of the Captain of the Port, i.e. of the naval officer appointed to supervise civilian ports. In peacetime he was responsible for such naval facilities as the port might host; in wartime he exercised overall control of the port's operations. Officers appointed to this position were entitled to fly a distinctive boat flag: red with a canton of the Admiralty flag. Like all other flags of imperial Russia, it was abolished in the wake of the Revolution. See also Imperial Russia Naval Appointment Flags.

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GUIDON  •  511th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

The 511th Military Police Company traces its lineage to the 1125th Military Police Company, which was constituted 12 November 1942 in the Army of the United States and activated on 1 January 1943 at Brookley Field, Alabama. After World War II service in the Pacific theater, the company was inactivated on 25 March 1946 in Japan. On  1 November 1970, the 1125th was redesignated  as the 511th Military Police Company, allotted to the Regular Army and activated at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The 511th is currently stationed at Fort Drum, New York, as a unit of the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

The 511th Military Police Company's campaign credits include Leyte (Philippines—World War II), Panama (1989) and Iraq (2006 and 2008-09). The 511th received the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation for its service on Leyte and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in Iraq in 2006.

The 511th's guidon is of the standard pattern for separate TO&E companies, with the Military Police branch insignia over the unit's numerical designation in the Military Police branch colors.

The soldiers of the 511th Military Police Company (including the daughter of the author of this site) deployed to Afghanistan on 11 September 2010 and returned to their home station on September 5, 2011. Their guidon will remain on display here in honor of the 511th's exceptional service during its Afghanistan deployment.

See also US Army Guidons of the Combat Arms.

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UNITED STATES REVENUE MARINE ENSIGN  • CIRCA 1840

Though the basic design of the ensign of the US Revenue Marine (later the US Revenue Cutter Service and finally the United States Coast Guard) has remained unchanged from 1799 to the present day, the artistic rendition of the national coat of arms in the canton was modified several times. The version above, adopted in 1841, was used until 1867. At that time it was flown by customs houses on land and by revenue cutters at sea in lieu of the National Ensign (Stars & Stripes). Only in 1910, when the US Revenue Cutter Service badge was added in the ensign's fly, did revenue cutters begin to fly the National Ensign. Today, the Coast Guard Ensign symbolizes the service's law enforcement authority, its use being restricted to cutters performing such duties.

See also Ensigns & Flags of the United States Coast Guard.

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WAR FLAGS features selections from my extensive collection of GIF images. I enjoy hearing from people who share my interest in flags of all kinds. Comments and questions about the images on these pages, as well as information about military and naval flags, past and present, are always welcome.

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