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Naval Ensign

image by Željko Heimer, 1 November 2001

Horizontal Blue White Blue, with the Coat of Arms in the center, and a semicircle of 5 Blue stars below the Coat of Arms.
Jan Zrzavy, 16 January 1998

According to Album 2000 [pay00] - Naval Ensign (---/--W 1:2) - National triband of blue-white-blue with the coat of arms set in the middle above an arch of five stars.
[smi82] designate this flag as "reconstruction" i.e. design only confirmed from written sources, and not seen in use. Do we have modern sources (legislation) describing (or better picturing) this ensign, and do we have confirmation of its use by HN navy?
[gmc17] has the stars yellow and reaching in the lower blue stripe.
[neu92] shows the same "one square" flag as [gmc17] as the national flag and merchant ensign and the same flag as above as war ensign.
Honduras is among pages included in
Corr. 1 of the Album [pay01], but as far as I could see the only correction that was made is making the naval ensign image to match the prescribed ratio 1:2, as it was already given in Album 2000, but the image was not matching.
Željko Heimer, 1 November 2001

Masthead Pennant

image by Željko Heimer, 1 November 2001

image by Željko Heimer, 1 November 2001

According to Album 2000 [pay00] - Masthead Pennant - long triangular pennant vertically divided in blue white blue (approximately 1+1+3) in ratio 1:20~. In the white stripe there are five blue stars arranged as in the national flag. I include two versions, regarding the shape of the stars.
Željko Heimer, 1 November 2001

Possible Regimental Flag

Yesterday evening whilst watching Sky News on TV here in the UK, there was a story about the decision of Honduras to withdraw its 390 member contingent from the coalition forces in Iraq. To accompany the story there were several pictures of the Honduran troops, although it was not clear whether they had been filmed in Iraq or back in Honduras before they were deployed.
They wore standard olive green fatigue uniforms with rank and other insignia in black, as well as crimson berets with a brightly coloured unit crest prominently displayed. However, what was vexillologically unusual about this story was the flag which was carried by the colour party (this was apparently some sort of review or inspection). In addition to the five-starred Honduran national flag, there was also a similar blue-white-blue flag as well, but instead of the five stars in the centre there was an emblem which looked very much like the crossed sabres of the US Cavalry, in the same shade of blue as the rest of the flag. The same insignia was visible in black on the right collar tab of the individual troops. These soldiers did not look like cavalrymen, and I have no idea whether the Hondurans have any tanks or armoured cars and whether these were sent with them to Iraq or were provided by the US or another. However, the red beret leads me to believe that they were not cavalrymen, mechanised or otherwise.
Could the flag with the crossed sabres be a regimental or corps flag? There was no lettering nor were there any numbers on the flag which I could see, and as it was rather a windy day both the national flag and this one were clearly displayed. Another possibility might be that this was a war or army flag; the Hondurans may not have had a flag like this previously , but when they decided to send troops to Iraq they may have decided that they needed one.
Ron Lahav, 21 April 2004