The Indian Armed Forces follow the UK/Commonwealth ranking system, and their general and flag officers use rank flags.

Indian Armed Forces

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Indian Armed Forces A horizontal tricolour of red, navy blue and sky blue with the tri-service emblem at the centre.
Flag of the Chief of Defence Staff A red field with the flag of India in the canton, and the tri-service emblem.

Indian Army

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Indian Army A red field with the flag of India in the canton, and the Army badge in the fly.
Flag of the Field Marshal Red flag with crossed batons surrounded by a lotus flower wreath, the Ashoka lion emblem above the batons and five five-pointed stars across the bottom, all in yellow.[1]
Flag of the Chief of the Army Staff Red flag with the national flag in the canton, with two crossed swords and the Ashoka lions emblem above them in the center of the flag and four five-pointed stars in a vertical line in the fly all yellow.[2]
Flag of the General
Flag of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff
Flag of the Lieutenant General
Flag of the Principal Staff Officer
Flag of the Major General
Flag of the Brigadier

Indian Navy

Current rank flags (1950-2001; 2004-present)

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Indian Navy A red cross on a white field, with the Indian state emblem in yellow at the center, with the Indian national flag in the canton.
Commissioning pennant A white triangular pennant with at hoist the St. George's red cross defaced with the Ashoka Chakra.
Flag of the Admiral (rank currently reserved for the Chief of the Naval Staff)
Flag of the Vice Admiral (also Vice Chief of the Naval Staff)
Flag of the Rear Admiral
Flag of the Commodore
Flag of the Senior officer

Former rank flags (2001-2004)

Flag Date Use Description
2001-2004 Flag of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Commissioning pennant of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Flag of Admiral of the Fleet of the Indian Navy Never used.
2001-2004 Flag of Admiral of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Flag of Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Flag of Rear Admiral of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Flag of Commodore of the Indian Navy
2001-2004 Flag of Senior Officer of the Indian Navy

Indian Air Force

Current rank flags (1980-present)

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Indian Air Force A sky-blue ensign with the flag of India in the canton, and the Air Force roundel in the fly.[3]
Flag of the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Sky blue flag with the badge of the IAF in the center, and 5 five-pointed gold stars in a vertical line in the fly. Only one person has ever been granted the right to this flag.[4]
Flag of the Air Chief Marshal (rank currently reserved for the Chief of Air Staff) Sky blue flag with the national flag in the canton, the IAF roundel in the lower fly, and the IAF badge in the upper fly.[5]
Flag of the Air Marshal (also Vice Chief of the Air Staff) Sky blue flag with IAF roundel in the center surmounted by eagle; 3 five-pointed gold stars in a vertical line in the fly.
Flag of the Air Vice Marshal Sky blue flag with IAF roundel in the center surmounted by eagle; 2 five-pointed gold stars in a vertical line in the fly.
Flag of the Air Commodore Sky blue flag with IAF roundel in the center surmounted by eagle; 1 five-pointed gold star in the fly.
Flag of the Group Captain Flag of Sky blue triangular pennant with IAF roundel in the center surmounted by eagle.
Flag of the Wing Commander Sky blue triangular pennant with IAF roundel in the center.

Former rank flags (1950-1980)

The former IAF rank flags were modeled on those of the Royal Air Force, with different colours.[6]

Flag Date Use Description
1950–1980 Marshal of the Indian Air Force Never used.[7]
1950–1980 Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force Sky blue bordered with two thick golden yellow stripes and with two thick horizontal green stripes in the center.
1950–1980 Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force Sky blue flag bordered with two thick horizontal golden yellow stripes, with one thick horizontal green stripe in the center.
1950–1980 Air Vice Marshal of the Indian Air Force Sky blue flag bordered with two thick horizontal golden yellow stripes, with two thin horizontal green stripes in the center.
1950–1980 Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force Swallowtail sky blue pennant bordered with two thick horizontal golden yellow stripes, with one thin horizontal green stripe in the center.
1950–1980 Group Captain of the Indian Air Force Triangular sky blue pennant bordered in golden yellow, with one thick horizontal green stripe in the center.
1950–1980 Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force Triangular sky blue pennant bordered in golden yellow, with two thin horizontal green stripes in the center.
1950–1980 Squadron Leader of the Indian Air Force Sky blue flag bordered with two thick horizontal golden yellow stripes, with one thin horizontal green stripe in the center surmounted by an eagle in green. Below the stripe is the squadron number.

Coast Guard

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Indian Coast Guard A Blue Ensign with the Flag of India in the canton, and the Coast Guard badge in the fly.
Flag of the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard A Blue Ensign with the Flag of India in the canton, and the Coast Guard badge in the fly.
Flag of the Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag of the Inspector-General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag of the Deputy Inspector-General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag of the Commandant of the Indian Coast Guard

See also

References

  1. ^ "Indian Army Flags".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Indian Air Force Flags".
  4. ^ "Indian Air Force Flags".
  5. ^ "Indian Air Force Flags".
  6. ^ "Indian Air Force Flags".
  7. ^ "Indian Air Force Flags".