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Georgia: Military flags

Last modified: 2011-11-11 by ivan sache
Keywords: battle flag | army | naval ensign | national guard | air force | minister of defense | chief of staff | cross: patty (white) | cross: patty (red) | cross: saltire (white) | star: 7 points (white) | sword (yellow) |
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Battle flag

[Battle flag]

Battle flag - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The Main Military flag stands for a rectangular red (purple) tissue with 2/3 proportion. On the central part of the flag there is a white (silver) cross with 1/5 size of the height of the flag. In the corners there are four white (silver) crosses with the width of 1/5 of the Flag. On the corners there are four red (purple) Bolnisi crosses. The height of the cross is 1/5 of the height of the Flag.

The battle flag is the reverse of the national flag with the symbol of the Ministry of Defense in the centre, surmounted by a crown. The arms show a crossed sling and sword. The sling emblem was used by Georgian Kings (Bagrationi dynasty). They believed that the Bagrationis are descendants of David (as in Goliath).

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004


Army flag (land forces)

[Army flag]

Army flag - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The Land Forces flag of Georgia stands for a rectangular red (purple) tissue with 2/3 proportion. On the central part of the flag there is a white (silver) cross with 1/5 size of the height of the flag.

This flag is the same as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004


Naval ensign

[Naval ensign]

Naval ensign - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The Military Naval Forces flag of Georgia stands for a rectangular blue tissue with 2/3 proportion. On the central part of the flag there is a white (silver) diagonal cross with 1/5 size of the height of the flag and red (purple) cross - 1/5 size of the flag.

According to Major Nikoloz Khundzakishvili the Georgian Navy only uses one flag, this one, which is flown at the stern in port and from the mainmast when underway. They have no jack.
Apart from the lack of white fimbriation on the St George's Cross this is the same as the Scottish version of the Union Flag of 1606.

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

This flag was known before the Revolution of 2003. But in times of President E. Shevardnadze the cross was dark red, not simply red as now.

Victor Lomantsov, 2 August 2004


Flag of the National Guard

[Flag of the National Guard]

Flag of the National Guard - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The flag of the National Guard of Georgia stands for a rectangular tissue with 2/3 proportion. On the central part of the flag there is a white (silver) cross with 1/5 size of the height of the flag. The first and fourth squares are red (purple), the second and third squares are blue.

This flag is like the reverse of the Dominican Republic flag.

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004


Air Force flag

[Air Force flag]

Air Force flag - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The flag of the Air Force of Georgia stands for a white rectangular tissue with 2/3 proportion. On the central part of the flag there is a red (purple) cross with 1/5 size of the height of the flag. The cross is surrounded by four sky-blue triangles.

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004


Flag of the Minister of Defense

[Minister of Defense's flag]

Flag of the Minister of Defense - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The Standard of the Minister of Defence stands for a white square tissue with 1/1 proportion, which has a red (purple) cross on the central part. The cross's width is 1/5 of the height of the Flag. In the corners there are four red (purple) Bolnisian type crosses. The height of the cross is 1/5 of the height of the Flag. On the centre of the cross there is a Main Symbol of the Military Forces.
The Symbol of the Ministry of Defence stands for a Normandic Shield. On its red field there are crossed sword and David's sling; this shield is laid on the Bigger Normandic Shield on which the Georgian State Flag is drawn. This shield is held by golden gryphons. Decorations: "Iberian"* crown, sword, wings and crossed anchors. The crown is decorated by seven seven-pointed stars. The slogan on the white (silver) band is in red (purple) "For Georgia" ("Sak'art'velost'vis")

*Iberia (or Iveria) - the ancient name of Georgia (ancient Greeks called the east part of Georgia - Iberia and the west part - Kolchida) [Kolchis is where the Golden Fleece is meant to have been taken by Jason]

Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004


Flag of the Chief of the General Staff

[Chief of Staff's flag]

Flag of the Chief of General Staff - Image by Jaume Ollé & Graham Bartram, 3 August 2004

According to an official Georgian document:

The Standard of the Chief of the General Staff stands for a red (purple) square tissue with 1/1 proportion, which has a white (silver) cross on the central part. The cross's width is 1/5 of the height of the flag. On the corners there are four white (silver) seven-pointed stars. On the centre of the cross there is the main symbol of the Military Forces.

Graham Bartram, 1 August 2004


Flag of the Foreign Intelligence Service

[FIS flag]

Flag of the Foreign Intelligence Service - Image by Jens Pattke, 29 August 2008

The flag of the Foreign Intelligence Service, adopted in 2008, is white with a red cross, and a blue four-pointed star in canton.

Quoting the Foreign Intelligence Service website:

On the 24th of January, 2005, with the reformation and merger of the Ministries of State Security and Internal Affairs of Georgia, the decision was taken for a separation of the Department of Foreign Intelligence from the State Security Ministry and of its establishment as an independent body. Its new name was the Foreign Intelligence Special Service.
The Foreign Intelligence Special Service of Georgia is a special agency of the executive branch directly subordinated to the President of Georgia, which conducts intelligence activities in political, economic, scientific-technical, military-strategic and environmental protection fields and carries out counter-intelligence abroad in the state interests of Georgia.

The flag of the Foreign Intelligence Special Service of Georgia is right-angled white fabric with proportions 2/3 which is intersected by main, rectangle purple (red) cross with thickness 1/5 of flag height touching edges of flag fabric. in upper right quarter (first canton) on white (silver) background four-angle azure cross is depicted a detail of the emblem of the Foreign Intelligence Special Service of Georgia.

The emblem of the Foreign Intelligence Special Service Georgia is azure (blue) round heraldic shield, intersected by a purple cross in centre of which heraldic shield with the silver background azure (blue) four angle star (symbol of control and security) is depicted, the shield is ornamented by Iberian Crown. On 1st and 4th silver (white) background is depicted a silver Bolnur-Katskhuri Cross. On azure (blue) lace golden legend "the Foreign Intelligence Special Service of Georgia" is depicted.

The emblem is very similar in design to one of the two reported flags of the President of the Republic. It can be guessed that the similarity of the cross on the flag with the NATO emblem is not coincidental and backs up the claim of Georgia to join NATO.

Jens Pattke & Ivan Sache, 1 December 2008


Unidentified naval flag

[Unidentified flag]

Unidentified naval flag (reconstitution) - Image by Eugene Ipavec & Željko Heimer, 26 August 2008

On 26 August 2008, BBC news showed a footage of Georgian navy (or possibly coast guard) ships lying sunk in shallow water in the port of Poti. The camera briefly showed a closeup of one of them flying a frayed ensign of some kind. It was light blue, with the Georgian flag in canton and a device in the fly consisting of two crossed anchors behind a disc? or possibly a shield, all white.

Eugene Ipavec, 26 August 2008

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