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Turkey: Armed Forces flags

Last modified: 2008-08-16 by ivan sache
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Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 April 2003

According to Album des Pavillons [pay00], the flag used as sea by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is a square red flag with four white bombs placed 2 + 2 around a white anchor.

Ivan Sache, 17 April 2003

Unidentified Army flags

In September 2003 the then Portuguese President of the Republic of Portugal Jorge Sampaio went to Turkey in a state visit. On 16 September, there was an article in the Público newspaper about the visit that came illustrated with a photography. On it was seen Sampaio (in the dark suit) and the Turkish President, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, in a proctocolar military ceremony in Ankara, and there were several flags.
Above the two presidents, flags look like at first glance like two Turkish flags. However, a closest inspection of the flag closest to the camera shows that it is not a Turkish national flag, nor the presidential flag. It is based on the Turkish national flag, yes, but it contains a circular charge in the canton and what seems to be writing in the lower hoist area.
Next to Sampaio, a swallow-tailed flag is probably some kind of (regimental?) guidon, with a shield that, unfortunately, isn't big enough or clear enough to see many details.

Jorge Candeias, 19 February 2007