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HMS Victory, flagship of the Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy

A flagship is the ship used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships. The term originates from the custom of the commanding officer (usually, but not always, a flag officer) to fly a distinguishing flag. Flagship may refer to: The representative or first unit of a fleet or other group, see flagship. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 497 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (604 × 728 pixel, file size: 166 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Author: Unknown Edited from file in Wikipedia Commons Titled Battleship1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 497 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (604 × 728 pixel, file size: 166 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Author: Unknown Edited from file in Wikipedia Commons Titled Battleship1. ... HMS Victory is a 104-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built between 1759 and 1765. ... The Second Sea Lord is one of the senior admirals of the Royal Navy. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... The commanding officer (CO) is the officer in command of a military unit. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... A Flag Officer is a naval officer of a high rank entitling him to fly a personal flag, especially on his flagship. ...

Used in this way, "flagship" is fundamentally a temporary designation; the flagship is wherever the admiral is flying his flag. However, admirals have always needed additional facilities; a meeting room large enough to hold all the captains of the fleet, and a place for the admiral's staff to make plans and draw up orders.

In the age of sailing ships, the flagship was typically a first-rate; the aft of one of the three decks would become the admiral's quarters and staff offices. This can be seen today on HMS Victory, the flagship of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, now at Portsmouth, England. Traditional wooden cutter under sail. ... This is one of six ratings (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) in the rating system of the Royal Navy. ... HMS Victory is a 104-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built between 1759 and 1765. ... Lord Nelson Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (September 29, 1758 – October 21, 1805) was a British admiral who won fame as a leading naval commander. ... Combatants United Kingdom First French Empire Kingdom of Spain Commanders Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line and 6 others. ... This article is about the English city of Portsmouth. ...

In the 20th century, ships became large enough that most types could accommodate commander and staff, and during World War II admirals would often prefer a faster ship over the largest one. Increasing communications and computing requirements have resulted in the design of specialized command and control ships to serve as flagship. [citation needed] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In the military: The exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. ...


Private ship

A private ship is a warship which has no flag officer on board, and thus is not a flag ship.[1]

Flagship in language

As with so many other naval terms, flagship has crossed over into common parlance, where it means the most important or leading member of a group. It has also come to be an adjective describing the most prominent or highly touted product, brand, location, or service among those offered by a company. It now has common derivations such as the "flagship brand" or "flagship product" of a manufacturing company or "flagship store" of a retail chain. Auto companies usually have a flagship in the form of their most important car. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one example, and the Jaguar XJ is another. Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ... The term company may refer to a separate legal entity, as in English law, or may simply refer to a business, as is the common use in the United States. ... A Target chain store. ... The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a series of large luxury flagship sedans produced by Mercedes-Benz, now a division of Daimler AG. The S-Class, a product of nine lines of Mercedes-Benz models dating since the mid-1950s, is the worlds best-selling luxury flagship sedan. ... The Jaguar XJ is a luxury saloon sold under the British Jaguar luxury marque. ...

Broadcast stations

See also: Flagship (television) and Flagship (radio)

A flagship station is the "home" station of a broadcast network (radio or TV). It can be the station that produces the lion's share of material for the network, or the station in the parent company's home city or both. The term dates back to the mid-century years of broadcasting when the local stations themselves produced programs for the network, as PBS does today. This article or section may be confusing for some readers, and should be edited to be clearer or more simplified. ... In the United States, a flagship station is a radio or television networks principal station from which programs are fed to affiliates (for television, see Television flagship stations). ... A broadcast network is an organization, such as a corporation or other association, that provides live or recorded content, such as movies, newscasts, sports, and public affairs programs for broadcast over a group of radio or television stations. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...

For example, the flagship stations of the ABC, NBC and CBS television networks (and ABC and CBS radio networks) are their owned and operated outlets in New York City. While a handful of PBS stations, including WGBH, KQED and WNET provide the lion's share of the web's programming, the TV industry has long given the "flagship" appellation to WNET, dating back to its years as the key outlet for PBS's predecessor, National Educational Television. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... In the television industry (especially in North America), an owned and operated station (frequently abbreviated as O&O) is a television station that is owned by the network with which it is associated. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled WGBH-TV, WGBH (FM) and WGBX-TV, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... KQED is a public broadcasting company based in San Francisco, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The color NET logo was incorporated into a model building at the beginning and end of Mister Rogers Neighborhood from 1969 to 1970. ...

In sports broadcasting, the "flagship" is the sports team's primary station in the team's home market. For example, WGN radio and television are the flagships of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, which also has an extensive radio network. WGN is the callsign of two broadcast stations in Chicago, Illinois, both owned by the Tribune company. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ...


The term flagship is also used to describe the top or main vehicle manufactured by automotive marque. These vehicles are usually, but not always, the most expensive, prestigious and largest vehicles in the line-up.

While the flagship is always the most prestigious vehicle in a company's line-up, it may not always be the most expensive, or the largest. The Lincoln Town Car, for example, while considered the flagship of the Lincoln division, ranges roughly $6,000 below the Navigator in price. In the case of Cadillac the DTS flagship sedan is not only priced roughly $11,000 below the Escalade but it is also smaller, in terms of overall length and width, than the Escalade ESV. The Lincoln Town Car is a rear wheel drive full-size luxury sedan and serves as the flagship of Fords Lincoln luxury car division. ... Lincoln is an American luxury automobile brand, operated under the Ford Motor Company. ... The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

However, the term is most often applied to sedans and usually only those manufactured luxury automobile marques. A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... A luxury car is a relatively expensive car. ...

Commercial Aviation

Air Traffic Control call sign for Canadair Regional Jet aircraft operated by Northwest Airlines as Northwest Airlink (Pinnacle). Pinnacle Airlines (an independent company) operates the Canadair Regional Jet(CRJ) throughout the United States.


The meaning of "flagship" has been loosely interpreted in works of fiction as well. For example, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation is often referred to as the flagship of the United Federation of Planets, even though it does not carry commanding officers of higher rank than the captains aboard other ships. This is because, in Star Trek, the term seems to mean the ship that represents the fleet as a whole and hosts the most advanced technology and finest crew, though not necessarily the crew of the greatest rank. Enterprise or USS Enterprise are the names of several fictional starships, some of which are the focal point for various television series and films in the Star Trek franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ...

In Star Wars, Darth Vader's flagship is the Super Star Destroyer Executor. Although Lord Vader is not an admiral, he has a special military rank in the Empire that makes him answerable only to the Emperor (and Grand Moff Tarkin, until the latter's death), and apparently all the officers in the Navy are under his command when needed. Vader uses the Executor as a flagship, leading a fleet of other ships from the Executor's bridge. The ship is not depicted as literally carrying a flag. This article is about the series. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... It has been suggested that Executor (Star Wars) be merged into this article or section. ... The Executor was a large Super Star Destroyer in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe and is an antagonist in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope where he was portrayed by British actor Peter Cushing. ... Executor and several escorting Star Destroyers In the fictional Star Wars galaxy, the Imperial Navy, also referred to as the Imperial Starfleet, was the military arm of the Galactic Empire charged with maintaining security, peace and order in the galaxy. ...

In the PlayStation 2 game Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, the main characters find themselves as part of a makeshift fleet fighting to stop the war between Osea and Yuktobania. The flagship of their fleet is the aircraft carrier Kestrel, simply because it is the most important ship in the fleet. PS2 redirects here. ... Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is a game for the PlayStation 2 developed by Namco. ... This article is about the fictional country in the Ace Combat series of games. ... Yuktobania Yuktobania is a fictional country that was created in the PlayStation 2 video game Ace Combat 5. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and in most cases recover aircraft, acting as a sea...

In the Games Workshop game Battlefleet Gothic, an admiral of at least one race must be present on the most expensive warship, regardless of the player's wishes. For the defunct company, see Game Designers Workshop. ... Battlefleet Gothic is a tabletop miniatures game based in Games Workshops fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe, and is sold by Specialist Games. ...

In the computer game Homeworld 2, the main Vaygr command ship/construction shipyard is appropriately labelled a "flagship". Homeworld 2 is a real-time strategy (RTS) computer game, the sequel to Relic Entertainments Homeworld from 1999. ... Vaygr The Vaygr are a fictional race from the computer game Homeworld 2 (RTS) computer game released in 2003. ...

In the TV show Battlestar Galactica the Battlestar Pegasus is correctly labeled the flag ship of the Colonial Fleet as it is the ship in which Admiral Cain commands. Battlestar Galactica. ... The Battlestar Pegasus is a fictional spacecraft that appears in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, and its subsequent ongoing re-imagining, in which it first appears in the second season episode, Pegasus. Spoiler warning: // An original series Battlestar The Battlestar Pegasus appears in the original series two-part episode... Colonial One Colonial One is a civilian starship in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, which serves as the headquarters for President of the Twelve Colonies. ... Admiral Helena Cain is a fictional character in the reimagined science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica, portrayed by Michelle Forbes. ...

In the 1985 animated TV series Thundercats, Jaga and the Thundercats flee Thundera before it was destroyed. they were on board Jaga's Flagship that carried the Code of Thundera. ThunderCats was an American animated television series developed and produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, debuting in 1985 based on the characters created by Tobin Ted Wolf. ...

In The Super Dimension Fortress Macross animated series (later adapted as part of Robotech), the SDF-1 Macross was considered flagship of the UN Spacy despite it being made out of an abandoned alien vessel. The SDF-1 Macross was re-constructed by a government that unified Earth despite worldwide warfare. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross ) is an anime television series. ... Robotech science fiction and anime universe. ... The SDF-1 Macross is a fictional interstellar spacecraft from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, an anime series that aired in Japan in 1982–1983, and its American adaptation Robotech (1985). ...

University campuses

The phrase flagship campus or flagship university is normally used with reference to a well-known campus in a state university systems in the United States, which often comprise numerous campuses in widely-separated locations. In this context, flagship means "fully mature public university". However, in media nowadays a flagship is usually understood and referred to as the best (or most prestigious) university within the system in that state. Recently, due to the rise of education America, this phrase simply means "the best public university" in that respective state. For instance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a flagship of Illinois instead of University of Illinois system. It can be applied the same towards Maryland, Florida, Wisconsin, etc. quagmire:For alternate meanings see state university (disambiguation). ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public coeducational university situated in suburban College Park, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. The flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Plaque on Bascom Hall, UW-Madison. ...

According to Robert Berdahl, former University of California, Berkeley chancellor, "In most cases, these institutions were the first public universities to be established in their states. Many of what we now call the flagship campuses were established in the extraordinary period of university building that took place in the United States in the roughly three decades from the mid-1850s to the mid-1880s. Many came into being after the Morrill Act of 1863 provided the federal grants of land to the states to establish public universities. Some states built two institutions, a land-grant college focused on agriculture and the "mechanical arts" as well as general education, and another more directed at classical education and the other professions."[2] Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...

Fulfilling the naval analogy, it is often (though not always[3]) the site of the administrative headquarters for the system. In addition, in college athletics, it is likely to be referred to by the state name, for instance, the University of Texas-Austin is referred to in sports contexts as simply Texas while the other UT campuses have their city name appended to them. Refers to a set of physical activities comprising sports and games. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... Texas Longhorns athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of The University of Texas at Austin. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ...

The phrase "flagship" came into existence in the 1950s when the Morrill Act schools were joined by newer campuses built in a wave of postwar expansion of state university system.[2]

Berdahl commented on the prestige and elite status of flagship campuses in the following:

...those of us in "systems" of higher education are frequently actively discouraged from using the term "flagship" to refer to our campuses because it is seen as hurtful to the self-esteem of colleagues at other institutions in our systems. The use of the term is seen by some as elitist and boastful. It is viewed by many, in the context of the politics of higher education, as "politically incorrect." ... Only in the safe company of alumni is one permitted to use the term.[2]

Nevertheless, it is common for state university officials to use the term "flagship" in official contexts, e.g. "As the system's flagship campus, [UMass-]Amherst draws from throughout the Commonwealth, the nation and the world;"[4] "It is a pleasure to report to the General Assembly on the accomplishments and initiatives of the State's Flagship University."[5]

Photographic Equipment

The term flagship has also become adopted in photography. A flagship camera, like that in the automotive industry, is the leading product of the brand, representing the overall technological level of a company. Most famous of these flagship cameras include; The Canon 1-series(1D, 1Ds, 1vhs); Nikon single digit (F4, F5, F6, D1 and D2 series). [citation needed]


  1. ^ p670 Kemp, Peter "The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea", pub Oxford University Press, 1976, reprinted 1992. ISBN 0-19-282084-2
  2. ^ a b c Robert M. Berdahl, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley (1998-10-08). The Future of Flagship Universities. Texas A&M University. Retrieved on 2006-09-22.
  3. ^ The University of California provides a counterexample; its flagship is the Berkeley campus, but its system headquarters are located in a non-campus office in the city of Oakland.
  4. ^ David K. Scott (2001). Strategic Action FY'97 - FY'01 III. A Vision of the Future: Reinventing the Dream. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Office of the Chancellor. Retrieved on 2006-09-22.
  5. ^ Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr, President, University of Maryland, College Park (2006). Testimony to the Maryland General Assembly. Retrieved on 2006-09-22.

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A flagship is the ship used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships.
In the age of sailing ships, the flagship was typically a first-rate; the aft of one of the three decks would become the admiral's quarters and staff offices.
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For example, the flagship stations of the ABC, NBC and CBS television networks (and ABC and CBS radio networks) are their owned and operated outlets in New York City.
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