Flags of the World: British Indian Ocean Flag

The flag representing Britain in the Indian Ocean looks like many other British territory flags in that the union flag can be found in the upper left hand corner. Like other flags, there’s also a design detail on the right hand side of the flag, but the similarities stop there.

The unique image on the right hand side of the flag includes a palm tree and a crown, which are two meaningful symbols as they relate to the area and the territory.

The wavy lines are definitely a break from traditional British territory flags, but it also gives this flag a unique look.

Civilians are unable to visit this territory as the area is comprised of naval and air facilities. However, the British Indian Ocean flag does fly at Diego Garcia, along with the American Flag. Both flags are lowered at the end of the duty day. The flag is also regularly used by the Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

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