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A general term that embraces all officers of all navies of the rank of rear admiral, or its equivalent, and above, i.e. any officer who denotes his presence in command at sea by flying a flag. Commodores fly broad pennants. ‘He has got his flag’, he has been promoted to flag rank. For ‘flag’ as a boat's reply to a hail, ‘see aye, aye, sir’.

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