::Flag officer


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A flag officer is a commissioned officer in a nation's armed forces senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to mark the position from which the officer exercises command.

The term is used differently in different countries:

  • In many countries, a flag officer is a senior officer of the navy, specifically those who hold any of the admiral ranks; the term may or may not include the rank of commodore.
  • In some countries, such as the United States and India, it may apply to all armed forces, not just the navy. This means generals can also be considered flag officers.
  • In most Arab armies, flag officer (Arabic: لواء) is a specific rank, equivalent to a major general. In principle, a flag officer commands several units called "flags" (i.e. brigades).

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