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Paraguayan Navy

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About the Paraguayan Navy

Neubecker [neu92] shows rank flags in ratio 2:3, while current sources (Album 2000 [pay00], for instance) show them 1:2. Natural question is when they were redesigned, however I am aware that the answer to this may not be easy. The national flag ratio changed with time, too, so in Neubecker’s time (1939) it was 333:500, i.e. ≅2:3. In 1967 this was changed to 1:2, and the rank flags may have followed then or latter on, by some regualtion on by practice. However, in 1988 the national flag chnaged the ratio to 3:5. It is possible that the rank flags followed too, but we have yet no info on it. Or, it may be that the rank flags have not yet been regulated anew.
Željko Heimer, 25 Oct 2002

Znamierowski 1999 [zna99] notes that the Navy Jack is in use since 1934. This may also be the date of introduction of the blue set of naval rank flags, as shown in Neubecker 1939 [neu92] and still used today with only minor differences.
Željko Heimer, 25 Oct 2002

Landlocked Paraguay has a navy, with 19 river patrol boats (and 7 more currently in command in Spain), 1 repair-ship, 4 transports, 1 hydrographer, 5 planes, 4 helicopters, and 3,700 men. (Source: Cdt Prézelin: Flottes de Combat (Combat Fleets of the World). Edilarge, sa: Rennes, 1998, & Naval Institute Press: Annapolis)
Armand Noel du Payrat, 03 Feb 1998

Paraguay has a Navy (as Bolivia does too) and it’s not so landlocked since you can easily reach the sea in Buenos Aires from Asunción through the rivers Paraguay and Paraná. Other landlocked countries that have merchant navies coming to mind are Luxembourg and Switzerland and both have naval ensigns.
Vantuyl Barbosa, 03 Feb 1998

Naval Jack

Paraguayan jack
image by Željko Heimer, 25 Oct 2002

The Paraguayan jack has a bicolor saltire, one diagonal being blue and the other one red, with a yellow star in the centre.
Ivan Sache 03 Feb 1998

White square flag with red falling and blue rising diagonal stripe, their intersection covered with a white disk containing a golden five-pointed star. Znamierowski 1999 [zna99] p. 94 pictures it too and notes that it is in use since 1934.
Željko Heimer, 25 Oct 2002

(Other sources confirming this design include [neu92], [pay00], [ped70] and [kan56] — ed.)

Album’s 1995 recapitulative issue [pie95] shows this flag with missing white disk behind the star. I recogn it an error again.
Željko Heimer, 27 Oct 2002

Masthead Pennant

Masthead Pennant
image by Željko Heimer, 26 Oct 2002

Shown in [pay00]: ≅1:20 triangular long pennant red-white-blue stripes converging towards the fly, and with a white field triangually ended in fly part containing yellow fieve- pointed star. Neubecker [neu92] shows a very similar pennant.
Željko Heimer, 26 Oct 2002

Shown also in Album 1995 recapitulative issue [pie95].
Željko Heimer, 27 Oct 2002

ca. 1939

Masthead Pennant 1939
image by Željko Heimer, 28 Oct 2002

Shown in the Flaggenbuch [neu92]: size 10×800 cm (ratio 1:80); similar to that shown in Album 2000 [pay00], only consideably longer and with red tassel at the fly (or is it just a blotch of red ink?). Image “clipped” at the middle.
Željko Heimer, 26 and 29 Oct 2002

Naval Prefecture

Naval Prefecture
image by Željko Heimer, 29 Oct 2002

Shown in the Flaggenbuch [neu92]: 4:5 swallowtailed blue flag with a white cross and a yellow anchor diagonally set in canton. Is this matching to the blue cross white trapeze flag of the general prefect of ports shown in Album 1995 [pie95]?
Željko Heimer, 29 Oct 2002

Pilot flags

Final note in Flaggenbuch [neu92] says: «Pilot calling signal and Pilot marking after the international signals.»
Željko Heimer, 29 Oct 2002

Navy Aircraft Marking

Paraguayan Navy Aircraft Marking
image by Željko Heimer, 26 Oct 2002

Shown in [pay00]: Over a roundel of red-white-and-blue a black cabled anchor.
Željko Heimer, 26 Oct 2002

The book [cos98] also reports that Aviación de la Armada Nacional Paraguaya (Naval air arm — formed mid-60’) uses the same roundel as the Air Force but superinposed by an anchor. Not so easy to locate a photo from 3 planes’ service…
Dov Gutterman, 22 Jun 2004

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