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Mexico - Navy: High rank ensigns

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Chief of Naval Operations: 1985-1993
Jefe de Operaciones Navales

[Chief of Naval Operations ensign: 1985-1993] 5:6 image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 20, 2002.

The Ley Orgánica de la Armada de México (DOF 01/14/1985) established the organization and operating of the Mexico Army according the development and necessities the country required, in order to that, the domestic structure of the Navy was modified. Among other adjustments, the Jefatura de Operaciones Navales (Management of Naval Operations) was created, whose functions and rules were defined in the Reglamento Interior de la Secretaría de Marina (DOF 02/11/1986). This position was established as Alto Mando (High command) just under the Secretariat command upon the Under-secretariat, and had under its jurisdiction the General Staff of the Navy and the Chief Clerk of the Navy.
Due the administrative simplification held during the Carlos Salinas de Gortari's government (1988-1994) and continued by Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León (1994-2000), the Navy structure was modified again. On Dec. 24, 1993 was published in the DOF a new Ley Orgánica, by means of which, the Management of Naval Operation and its Chief disappeared, then, the High Command was left as follows: Secretariat of Navy, Under-Secretariat, General Staff, and Clerk of the Navy.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 1, 2002


Chief Clerk of the Navy
Oficial Mayor de Marina


At that time, Chief Clerk of the Navy used that ensign according to his or her rank commanding a force.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 1, 2002


Chief Clerk of the Navy used that ensign according to his or her rank commanding a force.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 1, 2002


[Chief Clerk of the Navy ensign] 1:1 image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 1, 2002


Chief of General Staff of the Navy
Jefe del Estado Mayor General de la Armada


[Chief of General Staff of the Navy ensign: 1985/1986-1993/1994] 1:1 image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 01, 2002.

This ensign is illustrated in "Manual del Marinero", Secretaría de Marina, 1987 ed.
It is a swallow-tailed flag, whose green stripe is charged with three stars and a white anchor.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 01, 2002.


Chief of General Staff of the Navy used that ensign according to his or her rank commanding a force.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 19, 2001


[Chief of General Staff of the Navy ensign] 1:1 image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 19, 2001

Regarding the emblem of the General Staff - I was not going to belittle the emblem suggesting that it is an abstract representation. However, I am wandering what the "golden" lines in the white disk would mean - if anything.
Do they maybe represent a landscape (say with mountains to the hoist...) also, is there some influence from the pre-Columbian American art visible in the pattern?
The overall look of the emblem in the disk looks remotely similar to the "pictograms" of old Mexican cultures - though I have knowledge of them only from very unreliable sources - like action movies and computer games.
Željko Heimer February 20, 2001.


General Inspector and Comptroller of the Navy
Inspector y Contralor General de la Armada

General Inspector and Comptroller of Mexican Navy, according the Manual del Marinero 1987, flies the ensign according his or her rank commanding a force. The same ensign was confirmed by the Nov. 25-1994 Decree; and so it was with the Oct. 19-2000 decree.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, September 01, 2002.


Commander of "Region Naval"
Comandante de Región Naval

Commander of Region Naval uses a flag according his or her rank commanding a force.
The Oct. 19 2000-Decree does not appoint any ensign for this position.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 19, 2001


Commander of Naval Force
Comandante de Fuerza Naval

Commander of Naval Force used a flag according his or her rank commanding a force.
The Oct. 19 2000-Decree does not appoint any ensign for this position.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 19, 2001


Commander of Naval Zone or of the Navy Headquarters
Comandante de Zona Naval o del Cuartel General de la Armada

Commander of Naval Zone or of the Navy Headquarters used a flag according his or her rank commanding a force.
The Oct. 19 2000-Decree does not appoint any ensign for this position.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 19, 2001