Heritage Structure | Section 4 – Flag/general officer plates
- When officers of flag/general rank, including foreign officers, are travelling by staff car or other military vehicle in their official capacity, or proceeding on official business, a special plate shall be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. Plates shall not be displayed during routine travel. If more than one officer of flag/general rank is in the vehicle, the plate for the highest rank shall be displayed.
- The universal-pattern plate (Figure 14-4-1) shall be in the Canadian national colours (red with silver maple leaves - silver heraldically representing white); however flag/general officers may, at their own personal expense, have alternative colour plates produced in the following traditional service colours:
- navy – navy blue;
- army – scarlet (which is the universal pattern); and
- air force – air force light blue.
- The plate shall be displayed only when the officer is in the vehicle. It shall not be displayed when proceeding to pick up or returning from delivery of the officer. A hood shall be provided to cover any plate which is not reversible or removable.
- Distinguishing plates shall not be displayed on staff cars when the entitled officer is driving the vehicle.
- When officers of flag/general rank, including foreign officers, are transported by CAF aircraft, the aircraft shall, when practicable, display a plate similar to that illustrated in Figure 14-4-1. It shall be affixed in a prominent position, normally near and outside the passenger entrance door. If more than one officer of flag/general rank is aboard the aircraft, the plate appropriate to the highest rank aboard shall be displayed.
- Universal-pattern flag/general officer rank plates and emblems for vehicles and aircraft are provided to designated bases and units in accordance with materiel authorization scale CFS-13, Scale Number D13-101, issued by National Defence Headquarters/Director Material Management and Distribution (DMMD).
- Retired flag/general officers, including former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, are not entitled to a distinguishing flag on a staff car, but may be provided with a universal-pattern car plate. (Provision of alternative colour car plates is the responsibility of the retired officer)
Figure 14-4-1 Flag/General Officer Plates
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