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Kenya Navy

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[Kenyan naval ensign][Variant] 5:9~ image by Željko Heimer, 30 Mar 2002

  image by Eugene Ipavec and Željko Heimer, 03 Jan 2008

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Kenya Naval Ensign

Kenya's naval ensign is charged with a simple red anchor. I am not sure of the correct shade of the anchor - it is most likely the dark-red colour of the national flag. Source: flag table in Jane's Fighting Ships.
Jan Oskar Engene, 19 September 1996

In the Croatian edition of [smi80]) this flag is designated as civil ensign (i.e. ---/C--), but that is obviously an error. I wonder what is in other issues?
Željko Heimer, 15 Jan 2001

White ensign (without red cross) with the national flag in canton and red anchor in fly.

The different sources give this flag differently. It seems that there is no doubt that what are the differences, the flag in canton is always covering the full 1/4 of the flag field. The Album gives the ratio as 5:9~, and the same has [smi80]. However, the Shipmate flagchart has it in ratio 1:2, while Graham Bartram's World Flag Database clearly designates it as 2:3.

The other difference is the anchor. Album again matches well with [smi82] putting it in lower fly (though with minor differences in artistic rendition).
The Shipmate flagchart has quite similar anchor but in the middle of the fly, while Graham has rather differently shown anchor showing details and 3D features, also in the middle of the fly. An other mystery ?
Source: Album 2000.
Željko Heimer, 30 Mar 2002

scan by Miles Li, 02 Jan 2008

Here is a photo of the Kenya naval ensign, as shown on the Kenya Ministry of Defence website (

It is interesting to note that the canton on this actual flag is actually quite small, being something like 1/3 the length and width of the ensign, unlike on the other version we illustrate. Also the anchor is of a different shape than that illustrated above, and is placed right down at the lower fly corner.
Miles Li, 02 Jan 2008

The canton of the ensign in the photo is 1/3 of the hoist tall, but looks less than that length wise - maybe 2/5. The overall proportions are greater than 2:3, but the flag does not look to be as long as 5:9,
even adjusting for perspective.
Eugene Ipavec, 03 Jan 2008

Naval Colour

  image by Miles Li, 03 Jan 2008

Here is an image of the Presidential Colour of the Kenya Navy. I have also included a photo (see below) as a reference. Unlike the British equivalent (from which this Colour is based on) the Kenyan version has golden fringe (Source: Kenya Ministry of Defence website at
Miles Li, 03 Jan 2008

sent by Miles Li, 03 Jan 2008

Naval Rank flags

  image by Miles Li, 03 Jan 2008

Here is an image of the flag of the Commander (of the navy). The two stars are for a rear admiral.
(Source: Kenya Ministry of Defence website:
Miles Li, 03 Jan 2008

Navy emblem

scan by Bruce Berry, 11 Mar 2008