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Admiral Benelux

Admiraal Benelux, Amiral Benelux, ABNL

Last modified: 2003-02-14 by ivan sache
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[Admiral Benelux]by Pascal Vagnat & Mark Sensen

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The rank of Admiral Benelux

Admiral Benelux was created by the Belgian and Dutch Navies. A joint staff shall command naval units of both countries involved together in humanitarian missions. Luxembourg has neither vessels nor any seaman (whereas it has Land forces serving under Belgian command), and its contribution is only financial. In 2002, Belgium and Luxembourg shall start together the building of a ro-ro support vessel. Belgium will fund 7/8th of the project, and Luxembourg the remaining 1/8th.

The Admiral is currently Dutch and the Chief of his staff is Belgian.

Source: Vexillacta [vxl] #14 (December 2000)

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2002

Admiral Benelux has been operational since 1 January 1996.

Mark Sensen, 17 May 2002

Description of the flag

The flag of Admiral Benelux is made of two parts of totally different design. A reduced version of the Belgian naval ensign is placed at fly. Its length was simply halved by cutting 1/4th of it on each side. The Dutch part is based on the Dutch national flag, charged with a yellow Royal crown and a fouled anchor, the official emblem of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

There are currently only three copies of the flag of Admiral Benelux, which is used only on the land grounds of the "Admiralty", located in Den Helder, on the northernmost part of the province of North-Holland.

Source: Vexillacta [vxl] #14 (December 2000)

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2002

Rejected proposal

The Belgian Flotilla Admiral J. Rosiers proposed for Admiral Benelux a flag which was not accepted. The flag was white with the saltire characteristic of the Belgian ensign. Two of the lateral branches of the cross kept the Belgian colours, whereas the two others were made Dutch. In the middle, a white disc was charged with a yellow Royal crown and fouled anchor and placed over the cross, thus avoiding the unaesthetical contact between the colours of the two countries.

Source: Vexillacta [vxl] #14 (December 2000)

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2002