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Minister of the Navy (Brazil)

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Minister of the Navy, pre-1999

Ministro da Marinha

[Minister of the Navy (Brazil)] image by Željko Heimer, 23 March 2001

The cruzeiro defaced with the star from the national coat of arms is shown in the Brazilian Navy ceremonial regulation (dating at least 1998) as the flag of the Minister of Navy, but it may be that the title was changed in last years. The "star from the national coat of arms" consists of the blue disk with stars surrounded with the pentagram, but without the wreath, rays, sword, ribbon and other ornamentation in the coat of arms. In a way one may consider this star to be the heraldical shield of the coat of arms, rather unusually shaped as a star. Regarding the changes of this flag in time, I would guess that even if the cruzeiro basis was retained, the "national star" was changed in the number of the stars set in the outer blue disk of the coat of arms was changed. These changes were maybe carried out "silently" without special regulations issued by the authority prescribing the flag. In practice, I guess the old flags were (and maybe still are) used until they naturally wear out.
Željko Heimer, 23 March 2001

Under Provisional Measure 1799-6 of 10 June 1999, the Ministry of State for the Navy was abolished and replaced by the Ministry of State for Defense and a new Commander of the Navy.
Joseph McMillan, 23 March 2001

Minister of the Navy, 1917

Ministro da Marinha

Brazilian Minister of the 
Navy, ca. 1917 image by Željko Heimer, 23 March 2001

The same basic design (differing only in the abovementioned detail of the "national star") is shown in the 1917 National Geographic flag issue, but additionally has two crossed anchors in lower hoist. So, I guess that some time in the 20th century the change was made (probably a radical one, if there was only one, as other differences are observed from this 1917 set).
Željko Heimer, 23 March 2001

The flag of the Minister of Marine with the star of the republican coat of arms in the upper hoist dates from the 1890s.
Joseph McMillan, 28 October 2002