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Maritime Police Ensign and Police Flag (Vanuatu)

"Naval" Ensign

Last modified: 2022-05-21 by ian macdonald
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[Maritime Police (Vanuatu)] image by Željko Heimer, 13 August 2004

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According to Album des Pavillons 1990, there is no naval ensign in Vanuatu. Vanuatu only has a maritime police, with a plain white flag with the national flag in the canton as ensign. Encyclopaedia Universalis Yearbook, 1998, reports that Vanuatu has no army but a paramilitary force of circa 300 men.
Ivan Sache, 27 May 1998

The national flag is apparently "elongated" so that is fits into 1:2 canton. I would suppose that this is accomplished by "extending" the stripes and leaving the triangle just as in the national flag and not by "elongating" the triangle too. However, such a subtle detail might not be prescribed at all.
Source: Album des Pavillons (2000)
Željko Heimer, 11 August 2003

Mistaken Variant

[ image by Jan Oskar Engene
Wrong 1996 design from Jane's Fighting Ships

Police flag

[Police flag (Vanuatu)] image by Jens Pattke, 15 November 2004

Source: TV report: " Tanna- the incredible island 1/3", SWF Baden-Baden, 1995
Jens Pattke, 15 November 2004

This flag is according "Drapeaux et Insignes de Police dans le monde" (1993, vol, 1) and also from "Des Nouvelles-Hebrides Vanuatu" (1991), books that wrote Michel Lupant and illustrated by the late Lucien Philippe.
If this is correct, it seems that the flag has changed:
a) The flag with white emblem, seems to be used in the police stations, and they are not the national arms in white in the center, but the police emblem (that is based in the national arms, but flanked by two wreaths of leaves). The police emblem has also a ribbon below with the words "Vanuatu Police Force" but this ribbon IS NOT in the flag
b) The main flag in the central headquarters bear the national arms, in full color, not the police emblem
Jaume Ollé, 15 April 2022

The flag with white police emblem (national arms + weath of leaves) cans be more precisely seen here:

The coloured emblem, national arms only without wreath, seems to be in use only as an inner version of the police flag:
Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2022