Equivalent ranks and insignia of Indian Armed Forces.
Equivalent ranks and insignia of Indian Armed Forces.

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
इंडियन-आर्म्ड-फोर्सेज.png
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 Chief of Defence Staff (India).svg
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 Indian Army.svg
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 Field marshal (India).png
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 COAS.svg
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 Indian Generals.svg
Flag of the General
Flag of Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff.svg
Flag of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff
Flag of Indian Lieutenant Generals, Army Headquarters.svg
Flag of the Lieutenant General
Flag of Indian Principal Staff Officers.svg
Flag of the Principal Staff Officer
Flag of Indian Major Generals, Army Headquarters.png
Flag of the Major General
Flag of Indian Brigade command, Army Headquarters.png
Flag of the Brigadier

Indian Navy

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

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Ensign of India.svg
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.
Masthead Pennant of the Indian Navy.svg
Commissioning pennant A white triangular pennant with at hoist the St. George's red cross defaced with the Ashoka Chakra.
Admiral-ensign-Indian-Navy.svg
Flag of the Admiral (rank currently reserved for the Chief of the Naval Staff)
Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy rank flag.svg
Flag of the Vice Admiral (also Vice Chief of the Naval Staff)
Rear Admiral of the Indian Navy rank flag.svg
Flag of the Rear Admiral
Commodore of the Indian Navy rank flag.svg
Flag of the Commodore
Senior Officer of the Indian Navy pennant.svg
Flag of the Senior officer

Former rank flags (2001-2004)

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Ensign of India (2001–2004).svg
2001–2004 Flag of the Indian Navy
COMMISSIONING PENNANT (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Commissioning pennant of the Indian Navy
ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Admiral of the Fleet of the Indian Navy Never used.
ADMIRAL (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Admiral of the Indian Navy
VICE-ADMIRAL (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy
REAR-ADMIRAL (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Rear Admiral of the Indian Navy
COMMODORE (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Commodore of the Indian Navy
SENIOR OFFICER (INDIA).gif
2001–2004 Flag of Senior Officer of the Indian Navy

Indian Air Force

Current rank flags (1980-present)

Flag Date Use Description
Ensign of the Indian Air Force.svg
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 Air Force (India).svg
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 Chief of Air Staff and Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force.svg
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 Air arshal (India).png
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 Air Vice marshal (India).png
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 Air commodore (India).png
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 Group Captain (India).gif
Flag of the Group Captain Flag of Sky blue triangular pennant with IAF roundel in the center surmounted by eagle.
Flag of Wing Commander (India).gif
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
Flag of Indian Marshal of the Air Forces 1950-1980.svg
1950–1980 Marshal of the Indian Air Force Never used.[7]
Flag of Indian Air Chief Marshal 1950-1980.svg
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.
Flag of Indian Air Marshal 1950-1980.png
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.
Flag of Indian Air Vice Marshal 1950-1980.svg
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.
Flag of Indian Air Commodore 1950-1980.svg
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.
Flag of Indian Group Captain 1950-1980.svg
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.
Flag of Indian Wing Captain 1950-1980.svg
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.
Flag of Indian Squadron Leader.svg
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
Indian Coast Guard flag.svg
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.
Indian Coast Guard flag.svg
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 ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL of ICG.jpg
Flag of the Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag Inspector GENERAL of ICG.jpg
Flag of the Inspector-General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag of Indian Coast Guard Inspector General.png
Flag of the Deputy Inspector-General of the Indian Coast Guard
Flag of Indian Coast Guard Commandant.png
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.((cite web)): 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".