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It consists of a stylized bird with outstretched wings enclosed by a circle. The names of the governmental offices, agencies, and military organization and formations are often incorporated.
The seal is present on all Colonial flags.
Military vessels have emblems with the seal along with their names and battlestar groups. These are also worn as a patch on all uniforms, as a clasp for dress uniforms and on flags. On battlestars the seal is present in the CIC as metal plaque on one of the walls and etched into the glass of the doors. Galactica and Pegasus also sport the seal on their dorsal hulls. The emblem can also be found in several other places all over the ships, such as podiums in meeting and briefing rooms.
Like other government agencies, the Colonial Forces used the seal on official documents and correspondence, for example by the Caprican Colonial Forces Veteran's Hospital and other institutions of the Fleet.
Presidential seal (Epiphanies).
On the seats of Colonial One (33).
Seal of the Caprica City police (Maelstrom).
One of the two seals from Galactica's CIC.
Colonial Forces seal (Maelstrom).
Colonial Forces seal (The Son Also Rises).
In Pegasus's CIC (Pegasus).
The Medal of Distinction with flags in the background(Hero).
On a Viper Mark II (red area near the wingtip) (The Hand of God).
- The bird shown in the Colonial seal highly resembles the Phoenix; a mythical sacred firebird in ancient Greek mythology.
- The seal is displayed at the end the opening credits of Season 1, but replaced with the normal Battlestar Galactica logo in all subsequent seasons.
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- Originally the seal was not on the ship, but was added by the visual effects artists later. Due to the re-use of existing footage it sometimes disappears and appears again.
- It is visible in the scrapbook in Kara Thrace's vision when she visits her mother's death bed.