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Moroccan Navy

Last modified: 2005-10-15 by antonio martins
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Navy ensign

[Naval ensign of Morocco]
image by Željko Heimer, 08 Jun 2002

The Album 2000 [pay00] says:

Naval Ensign. [---/--W] 2:3

Red flag with green pentagram in the middle and four yellow crowns, one in each corner.
Željko Heimer, 09 Jun 2002

The official plate sent to me by the Moroccan Royal Navy (Album sur les Pavillons et les marques du Royaume du Maroc, sent to me on 1997.01.08 by the Moroccan military Attaché in Paris) gives for the Navy flag four small yellow crowns, one in each corner. That is different from what I have seen in many flag books, but the same is shown on a photo in Cols Bleus review dated 1998.01.31.
Armand du Payrat, 20 Jun 1997 and 14 Sep 1998

I saw on TV footage shot in Morocco (about a Croatian sailing adventurer on sailship Cigra). The sailship had encounter with a Moroccan navy vessel and a flag was zoomed while talking about that that apeared to be from the top of the naval ship. It looked as variation of the “pre-1990” naval ensign — again with very big star, and with much ornamented crown (though yellow only). But, I am not sure that this flag was indeed from the naval ship, as there was no any other photo of the ship — probably was not allowed to be filmed — so possibly the movie editor inserted just any flag he had in the materials.
Željko Heimer, 09 Jun 2002

Previous design

[Old naval ensign of Morocco]
image by Željko Heimer, 11 Jun 2002, and Jaume Ollé, 27 Jun 1997

The war ensign included a single crown in canton. However, in early 1990’s a new set of ensigns was introduced, with much more stylized crowns, civil ensign with one crown and war ensign with four.
Željko Heimer, 08 Jun 2002

Smith (both [smi75b] and [smi80]) gives the version with one crown in canton as naval ensign, and civil ensign is supposed to be the same as national flag. The shape of the crown given is more similar to the crown that is on the top of the state arms.
Željko Heimer, 21 Jun 1997


Naval jack

Moroccan navy jack
image by Željko Heimer, 09 Jun 2002

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 1:2 red swallow-tailed flag bordered on all sized with a yellow border containing a yellow fimbriated green pentagram in the middle. The border width seems to be 1/10 of the hoist. The star is rather large, inscribed in a circle that seems to be with diameter 2/3 of the hoist. The yellow fimbriation clearly shows how the pentagram is formed of five ticks (check marks, shapes of the number "1").
Željko Heimer, 09 Jun 2002

Album des Pavillons (Correction #27 [pay97], May 1997) shows for the jack the national ensign with a swallow-tail (overall proportion 1:2, fork extending over c. 1/4th of the flag length), a yellow border all around and a yellow fimbriation around the star.
Ivan Sache, 17 Nov 2000

Incorrect version by Crampton

Rectangular err. version
image by Željko Heimer, 13 May 2005

Crampton 1989 [cra89] describes the Moroccan jack thus, «as above with a yellow border all around». Since this description comes after that of the naval ensign, it is not clear whether the «above» flag referred to is the national one or the naval ensign.
Santiago Dotor, 17 Nov 2000

Incorrect version by Lupant

Red err. version
image by Željko Heimer, 13 May 2005

Michel Lupant in Gaceta de Banderas 46 wrote about jack as red swallow-tailed very-long flag with green star. Without yelow border.
Victor Lomantsov, 18 Nov 2000

Michel’s words were: «en los bordes hilos de oro» (=«with a fringe made of golden thread»). Michel is mistaken here.
Armand du Payrat and Santiago Dotor, 21 Nov 2000


Masthead pennant

Masthead pennant
image by Željko Heimer, 11 Jun 2002

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a ≅1:10 triangular pennant vertically divided at half, red at hoist green at fly.
Željko Heimer, 11 Jun 2002


Naval aircraft marking

Moroccan naval aircraft marking
image by Željko Heimer, 11 Jun 2002

Both Album 2000 [pay00] and Cochrane and Elliott [cos98] show emblems like naval air arm roundel, but Morroco doesn’t have a naval air arm (only Air Force) go figure.
Dov Gutterman, 20 Jun 2004

The emblem is used as aircraft marking on naval aircrafts, but there the star is green.
Željko Heimer, 09 Jun 2002

Previous version

The 1998 book by Cochrane and Elliott [cos98] pictures previously used (pre-1990’s?) naval roundel without any text about it — blue roundel with black anchor cable white all bordered with red roundel that at the top “merges” with a red fivepointed star of which thus only three top points are visible.
Željko Heimer, 11 Jun 2002