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Naval Flags: Bangladesh

Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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Naval Ensign

[Bangladesh Naval Ensign] by Zachary Harden, 07 July 2018

White, with the national flag in canton.
Jan Zrzavy, 16 January 1998

Ratio 1:2 according to Album 2000.
Željko Heimer, 14 February 2001

In a photo at of a ship, formerly HMS Dumbarton Castle, sold to the Bangladeshi navy, the flag appears to be 3:5, not 1:2.
M. Schmöger, 24 October 2010

Album 2000 makes it 1:2, but the British Flag Institute shows 3:5
Christopher Southworth, 25 October 2010

I was able to confirm the ratio of the flag. According to a 2018 government tender, it has two flags that are covered. The first one, the national standard [and the naval ensign]. The naval ensign was listed on page 6 of the tender and it is for a ceremonial ensign with fringe. The overall ensign is 27x54, so it will confirm the 1x2 ratio reported first by Album 2000. The national flag portion is 13.5 by 22.5 and placed at the top hoist; this next part is very confusing. The red sun has a radius of 4.5 and the edge of the sun is 6.6 away from the hoist of the flag. I personally think it is in error since it would place the sun in the direct center of the green. Using the image bd.gif by Zeljko, it will put the sun at 5.5 away from the hoist and not 6.6. I am going to use this and photographs confirm this.
Zachary Harden, 07 July 2018

Aircraft Markings

[Bangladesh Naval Ensign] by Zachary Harden, 22 August 2019

As reported by Gerard Gielis on the Facebook group "Roundels of the World Air Forces", the aircraft used by the Bangladesh Navy uses a modified air force roundel where there a white ring around the main roundel. The naval ensign is employed as the fin flash for their aircraft.
Zachary Harden, 22 August 2019


[Bangladesh Jack] by Zachary Harden, 20 December 2018

The jack is the same as the national flag, as is stated in several sources (such as [zna99]), but there are a few sources that mention that the ratio is 1:2, and Album 2000 has the disk in the middle of the flag.
Željko Heimer, 14 February 2001

I can confirm from Tender No. 0718.24519 (26 July 2018) that the ratio is indeed 1:2. However, while these do not confirm if the red disc is in the center of the flag or towards the hoist, local sources point towards the disc being in the center..
Zachary Harden, 20 December 2018

Chief of Naval Staff

[BD Chief of Naval Staff] by Željko Heimer

Blue flag with white Navy emblem in the middle. The emblem consists of a cabled anchor (with crossbar in perspective - an unusual feature) topped with a white disk with shapla leaves all within a wreath of leaves and underneath, a a ribbon with inscription.
Ratio: 2:3
Source: Album des Pavillons
Željko Heimer, 14 February 2001

Masthead Pennant

[War Pennant] by Zachary Harden, 20 December 2018

The masthead pennant is a long green pennant (about 1:10) with a red oval close to the hoist. The red oval seems to be made up of a square with side length half the length of the hoist, and semicircles joined to the hoist and fly sides.
Source: Album 2000
Željko Heimer, 15 February 2001

Coast Guard Ensign

[BD Chief of Naval Staff] image by Miles Li, 24 January 2016

The Coast Guard Ensign of Bangladesh bears the national flag in the canton of a blue field.
Source: Jane's Fighting Ships 2015-16; also see
Miles Li, 24 January 2016