Indian Navy unveils new Shivaji-inspired epaulettes for top-ranked officers

Drawing inspiration from Rajmudra of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Indian Navy on Friday (December 29, 2023) unveiled the new design of epaulettes that officers of higher ranks will wear.

 Indian Navy unveils new Shivaji-inspired designs of epaulettes for top officers. Photo Courtesy: Indian Navy Spokesperson X page

Indian PM Narendra Modi had announced the introduction of the new design during the Navy Day address at Sindhudurg earlier this month.

Unveiling the new design, Indian Navy posted on X: “As we usher in the new year #2024, #IndianNavy proudly unveils the new Design of Admirals’ Epaulettes. Announced by
@PMOIndia during #NavyDay2023 at Sindhudurg – the in the new Design, drawn from the Naval Ensign & inspired from Rajmudra of #ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj, is a true reflection of our rich maritime heritage.”

“Adoption of the new design reaffirms our commitment to the two pillars of #PanchPran’ – ‘Virasat Par Garv’ & ‘Ghulami ki Mansikta se Mukti ‘. #BharatiyaNausena embracing #Bharatiyata in letter and spirit,” read the post.

The current design was unveiled for the ranks of Admiral, Vice Admiral and Rear Admiral.