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France: Navy ship pennants

Fanions des bâtiments de la Marine

Last modified: 2003-07-05 by ivan sache
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Use of the ship pennants

Every French warship receives when being commissioned a square silk flag, which usually bears the name of the ship, her coat of arms when applicable, or a design recalling her name. The pennant is fixed on the bayonet of a rifle in the middle of the Guard of Honour and displayed whenever the Guard of Honour is summoned (e.g., ceremonies, official visits,..). The rest of the time, the flag is carefully placed in a glass closet in the Captain's desk.

Armand du Payrat, 9 October 2002

Pictures of ship pennants

Pictures of ship pennants of the French Navy can be seen on the NetMarine website. Here is the list of the flags displayed on that website;

  • Advice-boat Amyot d'Inville
  • Frigate Cassard
  • Carrier Clémenceau
  • Advice-boat D'Estienne d'Orves
  • Light transport Francis Garnier
  • Mobile support Garonne
  • Frigate Jean Bart
  • Advice-boat Jean Moulin
  • Patrol boat La Capricieuse
  • Frigate La Fayette
  • Patrol boat La Gracieuse
  • Frigate La Motte-Picquet
  • Advice-baot Quartier-Maître Anquetil
  • Mobile support Rhin
  • Frigate Surcouf
  • Mine-clearer Thétis

Olivier Touzeau, 8 October 2002