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Chinese Imperial Naval Rank Flags (1905)

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Rank Flags, 1905

These flags are for officers of the Imperial Chinese Navy. Note that the Chinese titles listed in Flaggenbuch, 1905 [ruh05] were not correct at the time of its publication, and I have included the correct Chinese title below.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001


Minister of Navy - considered equivalent to Admiral

[Admiral rank flag]
image by Miles Li and Mario Fabretto, 23 September 2014

Six horizontal stripes, blue-white-yellow-red-green-black, with a Chinese dragon in blue in the white rectangle at the centre of the flag.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001


Fleet Commander - considered equivalent to Vice Admiral

[Admiral rank flag]
image by Miles Li and Mario Fabretto, 23 September 2014

Five horizontal stripes, blue-white-yellow-red-green, with a Chinese dragon in blue in the white rectangle at the centre of the flag.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001


Squadron Commander - considered equivalent to Rear Admiral

[Admiral rank flag]
image by Miles Li and Mario Fabretto, 23 September 2014

Similar to vice admiral, but dragon in the white canton.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001


Commodore

[Admiral rank flag]
image by Miles Li and Mario Fabretto, 24 September 2014

Commodore: I don't think this rank actually existed, but the flag was reported to be four horizontal stripes, black-white-yellow-red, with a Chinese dragon in blue in the white canton.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001


Leader - considered equivalent to Senior Naval Officer

[Admiral rank flag]
image by Miles Li and Mario Fabretto, 24 September 2014

Swallow-tailed, four horizontal stripes, red-yellow-green-white.
Miles Li, 20 March 2001