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Vessels sailing under the Haiti Country Flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The Haiti Country Flag is recognized as a bicolor flag of a blue stripe in the top half and a red stripe in the lower half. The Haiti Coat Of Arms rests in the center of the flag. This Coat Of Arms is depicted in a white, square background. It consists of a Palmetto tree which is surrounded by the Liberty Cap, or Phyrgain Cap. Under the tree, a ribbon reads, "L' Union Fait la Force". This is translated in the English language as, "In Union There Is Strength". Also under the tree are a centered drum, two bugles, one on each side and a broken chain. Two cannons are also represented, one on each side. The Haiti Country Flag is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 3:5, height to length, respectively. The Flag was officially adopted in 1986. The colors of the Flag are reminiscent of the country's former association with France. As an independent nation, the colors now symbolize the harmonious coexistence of the former native slave population and the mulatto population of mixed race decent.
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