List of flags of the Royal Thai Armed Forces

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The honor guard of the 1st Security Force Bataillion, Royal Thai Air Force, carried their unit colour called "Thong Chai Chalermphol" (ธงชัยเฉลิมพล) during the funeral procession of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana in 2008.

Flags of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (Thai: ธงของกองทัพไทย). Most of the flags used by the Thai military today were stipulated in the Flag Act of 1979 (พระราชบัญญัติ ธง พ.ศ. ๒๕๒๒).[1][2]

Ministry of Defence of Thailand[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Thai Defence Minister.svg
1979 - Flag of the Minister of Defence of Thailand White flag in the ratio of 5:6, with the Emblem of the Ministry of Defence in the center. The emblem consists of a red chakra (Army), the dark blue anchor (Navy) and the sky blue wings (Air Force) under the crown.

Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ.svg
1979- Flag of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters Flag in the ratio of 2:3, with a yellow border on three sides except for the side facing the flag pole. The center is divided into a tricolour with red, dark blue and sky blue in order from the flag pole out (These represents the colour of the Army, Navy and Air force). At the center of the tricolour is a badge of the Headquarters with a golden Chakra, a with anchor with golden chains and golden Wings, surrounded by a golden wreath.
Flag Thai Chief of the Defence Forces.svg
1979- Flag of the Chief of Defence Forces of Thailand Similar to the Flag of the Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ but with five yellow stars surrounding the bottom of the badge.

Royal Thai Army[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Thai Army Flag.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Army Flag Red flag in a the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Army: a chakra under the Thai symbol for Aum /Unalome topped by the Great Crown of Victory with rays emanating from the top and flanked by a wreath.

Army Unit Colour[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Thai Army Unit Colour.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Army Unit Colour A square national flag of Thailand with the emblem of Royal Thai Army in middle, flanked with unit's name, and the King's Royal Cypher at the canton. This Colour called "Thong Chai Chalermphol" (ธงชัยเฉลิมพล) which can be translated as "Victory Colours").

Army command flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.svg
1979 - Flag of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Red flag in the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Army with five stars underneath.
Flag Thai Army Region Commander.svg
1979 - Flag for Regional Commanders Red flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Army with three stars underneath. Currently there are four Regional Commands: the 1st (Central), 2nd (Northeast), 3rd (Northwest) and 4th (South).
Flag Thai Army Division Commander.svg
1979 - Flag for Divisional Commanders Red flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Army with two stars, one on either side.

Army rank flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag Thai Field Marshal.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Field Marshal Red flag in the ratio of 2:3, with five yellow stars surrounding a badge consisting of a crossed Royal Garuda Baton and a saber surrounded by a wreath of leaves.
Flag Thai General.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of General Red flag with four yellow stars in the middle
Flag Thai Lieutenant General.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Lieutenant General Red with three yellow stars in the middle
Flag Thai Major General.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Major General Red flag with two yellow stars in the middle
Flag Thai Brigadier.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Brigadier General Red flag with one yellow star in the middle

Historical army flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Royal Siamese Army (1892-1908).svg
1892–1908 Flag of the Royal Siamese Army Red flag with the Coat of Arms of Siam at the center. Created during the reign of King Chulalongkorn for the first modern equipped land force in Siam.
Flag of the Commander of the Siamese Army (?-1936).svg
 ? - 1936 Flag of the Commander of the Royal Siamese Army Trairanga in the ratio of 5:6, with a white Chakra at the center.
Flag of the Commander of the Siamese Army (1936-1979).svg
1936–1979 Flag of the Commander of the Royal Siamese/Thai Army Trairanga in the ratio of 5:6, with a Chakra and the Great Crown of Victory in yellow.

Royal Thai Navy[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Thai Navy Flag.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Navy Flag Navy blue flag in the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy in a white circle.
Naval Ensign of Thailand.svg
1917 - Naval Ensign of Thailand A red disc containing a white elephant in regalia centred on the National Flag (also known as the 'Trairanga').
Naval Jack of Thailand.svg
1917 - Naval Jack of Thailand A national flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy in the center.

Naval Unit Colour[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Jack of Thailand.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Navy Unit Colour This colour use an identical design to Thai Naval Jack.

Naval command flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy.svg
1897 - Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Navy blue flag in the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy.
Flag Thai Navy Fleet Commander.svg
1936 - Flag for the Commander of the Fleet Navy blue swallow-tailed flag in the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy.
Flag Thai Navy Squadron Commander.svg
1936 - Flag for the Commander of a Squadron Navy blue swallow-tailed flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy, the tip of the flag is white.
Flag Thai Navy Commander Coastal Station.svg
1936 - Flag for the Commander of a Coastal Station Navy blue swallow-tailed flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy, the tip of the flag is red.
Flag Commander of the Royal Thai Marine Corps.svg
1936 - Flag for the Commander of the Royal Thai Marine Corps Navy blue swallow-tailed flag with the emblem of Royal Thai Navy, the tip of the flag is yellow.

Naval rank flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag Thai Admiral of the Fleet.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Admiral of the Fleet Navy blue square flag with five white Chakras. The Chakras are positioned with four on each corner and one at the center of the flag.
Flag Thai Admiral.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Admiral Navy blue square flag with four white Chakras. The Chakras are position with four on each corner of the flag.
Flag Thai Vice Admiral.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Vice Admiral Navy blue square flag with three white Chakras. Three Chakras two below and one in the middle of the flag- forming a triangle.
Flag Thai Rear Admiral.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Rear Admiral Navy blue square flag with two white Chakras. Two Chakras parallel vertically.
Flag Thai Commodore.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Commodore Navy blue square flag with one white Chakra. One Chakra at the center of the flag.

Historical naval flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Ensign of Siam (1881-1887).svg
1893–1898 Naval Ensign of Siam Red flag with a white elephant in regalia, with a white Chakra at the top corner.
Naval Ensign of Siam (1887-1910).svg
1898–1912 Naval Ensign of Siam Red flag with a white elephant in regalia.
Naval Ensign of Siam (1910-1917).svg
1912–1917 Naval Ensign of Siam Red flag with a white elephant in regalia, with the emblem of the Royal Thai Navy at the top corner.
Naval Jack of Siam (1855).svg
1855–1881 Naval Jack of Siam Blue flag with a white elephant.
Naval Jack of Siam (1881-1917).svg
1881–1917 Naval Jack of Siam Blue flag with a white elephant in regalia.

Royal Thai Air Force[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Thai Air Force Flag.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Air Force Flag Sky blue flag in the ratio of 2:3, with the emblem of Royal Thai Air Force: double-wings with the Thai Aum/ Unalome under the Great Crown of Victory with light emanating from the top.

Air Force Unit Colour[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Thai Air Force Unit Colour.svg
1979 - Royal Thai Air Force Unit Colour A square national flag of Thailand with the emblem of Royal Thai Air Force inside blue circle with yellow border in middle and flanked with unit's name. At the Canton there is the King's Royal Cypher. This Colour called "Thong Chai Chalermphol" (ธงชัยเฉลิมพล) which can be translated as "Victory Colours").

Air Force command flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force.svg
1979 - Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force Sky blue flag in the ratio of 2:3, with yellow borders and an emblem depicting an escutcheon depicting the National flag, behind are a pair of wings, topped by the Great Crown of Victory, with light rays and a white Aum/ Unalome.

Air Force rank flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag Thai Marshal of Air Force.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force Sky blue flag in the ratio of 5:6, with five white stars surrounding a badge consisting of a crossed Royal Garuda Baton and a saber surrounded by a wreath of leaves in white.
Flag Thai Air Chief Marshal.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Air Chief Marshal Sky blue flag with four white stars.
Flag Thai Air Marshal.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Air Marshal Sky blue flag with three white stars.
Flag Thai Air Vice Marshal.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Air Vice Marshal Sky blue flag with two white stars.
Flag Thai Air Commodore.svg
1979 - Flag for the rank of Air Commodore Sky blue flag with one white star.

Historical air force flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Commander of the Siamese Air Force (1936-1979).svg
1936–1979 Flag of the Commander of the Royal Siamese Air Force Sky blue flag in the ratio of 5:6, with a yellow Chakra with two wings, topped by the Great Crown of Victory.

Historical war flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Siamese military colours (Chudhadhujdhippatai).svg
1885–1887 Standard of the Royal Siamese Army during the Haw wars A red Flag with the Royal Coat of Arms of Siam at the center, with a three borders depicting the blades of a chakra. The flags was presented to Chao Phraya Surasakmontri (Cherm Saeng-Chuto) by King Chulalongkorn in 1885 as a colour for the Siamese army sent to fight the Haw rebels in the north of the country, the war ended in 1890. This colour is called "Thong Chudhadhujdhippatai" (ธงจุฑาธุชธิปไตย).[3][4]
War flag of Thailand (World War I-Obverse).svg
1917–1918 Standard of the Siamese Expeditionary Force, Obverse Trairanga defaced with a red disc containing dressed white elephant, facing a flagpole. Briefly, its appearance is the same as naval ensign, but both red stripes contain a portion of the 6th century Chant to the Buddha's Victories written in Pali using Thai script: "พาหุํสหัส์สมภินิม์มิตสาวุธัน์ตํ ค๎รีเมขลํอุทิตโฆรสเสนมารํ ทานาทิธัม์มวิธินาชิตวามุนิน์โท ตัน์เตชสาภวตุเมชยสิทธินิจ์จํ". This flag was carried by the Siamese volunteer corp sent to the war in Europe in 1918, the force and the flag was part of the Allied victory parade under the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris 1919.
War flag of Thailand (World War I-Reverse).svg
1917–1918 Standard of the Siamese Expeditionary Force, Reverse Trairanga defaced with a red disc containing King Vajiravudh's personal cypher. The emblem features Thai acronym "ร.ร." and Thai digit six ("๖"), both are displayed under the glowing crown. Both red stripes of the flag contain the same inscription as the obverse.
Naval Ensign of Thailand.svg
1918–1946 Standard of the Thai Army Trairanga defaced with a red disc containing containing dressed white elephant, This flag was used as the flag of the army until the end of World War II, In present the flag was used only as Royal Navy flag.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flag Law B.E. 2522 (Current Thai flag law in Thai language)
  2. ^ Military Flags (Thailand) at Flags of the World
  3. ^ The Chuthathut Thippatai Flag at Flags of the World
  4. ^ Thai Heritage Treasury, Ministry of Defence of Thailand

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