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Hellenic Navy (Greece)

Ελληνικο Πολεμικο &#

Last modified: 2023-07-15 by randy young
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[Flag of Greece]
image by Željko Heimer, 10 October 2001

The Greek national flag is used as the ensign of the Hellenic Navy.


[Greek jack]

image by Željko Heimer, 10 October 2001

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the Greek jack is a blue square flag with a white cross throughout. The width of the cross is 1/5th of the hoist width.
Željko Heimer, 10 October 2001

Masthead pennant

[Masthead pennant]
image by Željko Heimer, 13 October 2001

Album des Pavillons [pay00] shows the masthead pennant as a long triangular blue flag (~2:15) with a white Greek cross near the hoist.
Željko Heimer, 13 October 2001

General Staff

[Flag of the Hellenic Navy General Staff]

[Hellenic Navy General Staff Coat of Arms]
images provided by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2023

The "Γενικό Επιτελείο Ναυτικού, ΓΕΝ" (English: Navy General Staff) was established by law on 21 July 1907 and organized by Royal Decree on 12 November of the same year as "Αρχηγείο Βασιλικού Ναυτικού" (English: Royal Naval Headquarters).

The flag is a horizontal background featuring the CoA composed of a cross, an anchor and a trident, featuring on top the Greek initials after its former denomination, Royal Hellenic Navy (Βασιλικόν Ναυτικόν, Vasilikón Naftikón, abbreviated ΒΝ) and above that the motto "Μέγα τὸ τῆς θαλάσσης κράτος" (English: "Great is the maritime state"), inside a shield. The color horizontal stripes are a middle red stripe with two equally sized white stripes and a blue outline, all horizontally layed and behind the CoA.
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2023
  • Official website of the Hellenic Navy