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Indian Navy unveils new epaulettes for admiral ranks

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The Indian Navy unveiled a new design for the Admirals’ Epaulettes, a decorative shoulder piece that signifies an officer’s rank.

On Navy Day, December 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the updated epaulets would “reflect the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

Admirals in the Indian Navy hold two, three, and four-star ranks. In the Navy, the four-star rank of admiral is followed by vice admiral.

The Admiral Epaulet has four elements on it – a golden Navy button, an octagon, a sword and a telescope.

Indian Navy epaulettes admiral rank

Gold navy buttons emphasize the navy’s determination to “do away with the mindset of slavery.”

The gold button replaces the previous gold shoulder board, and the buttons now display the new naval ensign.

Inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Rajmudra, the octagonal shape (now red) is a key element of the design. It is placed below the golden button on the epaulet.

Featuring the red Rajmudra (royal stamp), the new design symbolizes the “eight-cardinal directions to represent an all-round long-term vision.”

Indian Navy epaulettes admiral rank
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The phrase “Satyamev Jayate,” or “Truth only Triumphs,” is inscribed on the octagon.

An Indian sword beneath the Rajmudra signifies the “cutting edge of national power and winning wars through dominance, defeating adversaries and overcoming every challenge.”

The telescope and Indian sword form a cross, with the telescope taking the place of the baton in the new epaulet.

Last year, the Indian Navy altered its ensign and replaced the red Saint George’s Cross with a blue octagon featuring the national emblem above an anchor.

Indian Navy epaulettes admiral rank

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the Maratha warrior king and the founder of the Maratha Empire in western India. It was Chhatrapati Shivaji who first recognized the value of having a powerful navy.

Shivaji was a strong proponent of fortifications and constructed numerous coastal forts across the Konkan coast, including Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg, according to the Navy.

Last year, the Indian Navy altered its ensign and replaced the red Saint George’s Cross with a blue octagon featuring the national emblem above an anchor.

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