BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

 

CURRENT NAVAL ENSIGNS & FLAGS
 

 

NATIONAL FLAG & NAVAL ENSIGN

 

NAVAL JACK

 

COMMISSIONING PENNANT

 

APPOINTMENT & RANK FLAGS

 

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

 

MINISTER OF DEFENSE

 

CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

 

FLEET COMMANDER

 

 

ADMIRAL

 

VICE-ADMIRAL

 

REAR-ADMIRAL

 

COMMANDER OF A NAVAL ZONE

 

CAPTAIN COMMANDING
 

 

SENIOR OFFICER
 

The Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez led to a modification of the Venezuelan national flag (which also serves as the naval ensign), the arc of stars on the blue stripe being increased from seven to eight. This change symbolizes the Venezuelan claim to Guayana Esequiba, a former British territory which is now part of independent Guyana. Modern Venezuela is divided into seven regions; Guayana Esequiba is considered the "lost eighth." This design change also affected the naval jack and the senior officer pennant. The other naval appointment and rank flags, which had been adopted in the late 1990's were not changed. In addition to the flags for naval senior appointments and flag officers, there are special designs for the use of the President and the Minister of Defense when aboard naval vessels.
 



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