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War Ensign (Thailand)

Last modified: 2005-12-03 by eugene ipavec
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[Naval Ensign (Thailand)] 2:3
by Jan Oskar Engene
Flag adopted 1917

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From the Singha Beer source:

Flag of the Royal Thai Navy
This is a rectangular flag, similar to the "Trairanga" except for the red circle in the middle which reaches as far as the red stripes at the top and bottom. In the circle stands a white elephant —in full caparison— facing the flagpole. [Identical to the Naval Ensign above, albeit with a greener 'caparison' as that of the Ambassadorial / Envoy's Flag.].

The flag was designed in B.E.2460 [1917 AD] by the Royal Decree issued by King Rama VI. The flag was flown from the stem [sic — possibly "stern"?] of a ship and from government offices under the jurdiction [sic] of the Navy. The flag has been in use ever since.

Santiago Dotor, 12 November 1999

National flag defaced with red disk containing white elephant "in full caparison" standing on a yellow compartment. The "caparison" is especialy complex to show, and it seems that every depiction differs a bit. The one in the Album 2000 is mostly red, the one we have on FOTW mostly gray, while others are mostly green. The intricate details make it probably different in each produced flag?

Željko Heimer, 30 Mar 2003