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Indonesian Navy

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Flag of the Indonesian Navy

[Navy obverse]
by Sammy Kanadi
, 24 May 2000

[Navy reverse]
by Sammy Kanadi
, 24 May 2000

Motto: Jale.sveva JayÓmahe ("On the Sea We Are Glorious" in Kawi, an old Indonesian language. The "e." is an e with a dot below it.)
Ratio: 2:3
Colors: Background: Dark (navy) Blue, The Emblem: Gold (except for the Garuda Pancasila, it is in the original color).
Meaning:
The Background Color:
The dark blue background is the navy's color, representing the Indonesian marine territory, which the navy will defend from any sea threat and invasion. .
The Emblem:
1. The Garuda Pancasila, the national coat-of-arms, is the Indonesian ideology, and the Navy emblem's main element.
2. The anchor represents the marine spirit and also the sailors' devotion to the Indonesian motherland.
3. The rope represents the unity of spirit of that binds together the whole Indonesian archipelago.
4. The rice (padi) represents the aspiration of national prosperity - sufficient amount of food.
5. Cotton between padi represents another aspiration of national prosperity - sufficient amount of cloth
Sammy Kanadi, 24 May 2000

The image in my source (Carr 1956) shows the motto on a scroll. Any thoughts if that's a mistake in my source, or an older version?
Mark Sensen, 24 May 2000

Although I'm sure that my source is more recent, I can't guarantee my images are exact copies of the current military flags. The best way to ensure this (and also to ensure the map in the current air force flags) is to go to Jakarta, where there is a museum displaying armed forces exhibits, with a room devoted solely to displaying their flags. I'll go there someday and give you news of what I see.
Sammy Kanadi, 25 May 2000


Rank Flags (new system)

In the rank flags of the Indonesian Army the star(s) correspond to the officer to which the flag belongs. The background color is the red, I don't know why it's not green (but I think the US army also uses red instead of white as displayed in their branch flag).

Sea Commodore's flag

[Sea Commodore's flag]
by Sammy Kanadi
, 25 May 2000

 

Rear Admiral's flag

[Rear Admiral's flag]
by Sammy Kanadi
, 25 May 2000

 

Vice Admiral's flag

[Vice Admiral's flag]
by Sammy Kanadi
, 25 May 2000

 

Admiral's flag

[Admiral's flag]
by Sammy Kanadi,
25 May 2000

Rank Flags (old system)

Album des Pavillons (2000) shows the old system of Indonesian naval rank flags, reproduced below.

Fleet Admiral

[Fleet Admiral's flag] 2:3
by Željko Heimer
, 10 November 2001

Yellow flag with blue fouled anchor in the middle and five blue five- pointed stars in canton set 2-1-2.

 

Admiral

[Admiral's flag] 2:3
by Željko Heimer
, 10 November 2001

Yellow flag with blue fouled anchor in the middle and four blue five- pointed stars in canton set 2-2.

 

Vice-Admiral

[Vice-Admiral's flag] 2:3
by Željko Heimer
, 10 November 2001

Yellow flag with blue fouled anchor in the middle and three blue five- pointed stars in canton set 1-2

 

Rear-Admiral

  [Rear Admiral's flag] 2:3
by Željko Heimer
, 10 November 2001

Yellow flag with blue fouled anchor in the middle and two blue five- pointed stars in canton set 1-1.

 

Commodore

[Commodore's flag] 2:3
by Željko Heimer
, 10 November 2001

Yellow flag with blue fouled anchor in the middle and one blue five-pointed star in canton.
Željko Heimer, 10 November 2001