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Vessels sailing under the Libya 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 Libya Country Flag is represented by three horizontal stripes. The stripes are green, black and red from top to bottom, the black being double the width of the other two. Near the center, but offset slightly to the fly, or right side resides a white crescent moon opening toward the fly side and a five pointed star standing in front of the opening toward the right. These are set squarely in the black stripe. The Flag is designated to be proportioned to a ratio of 1:2, height to length, respectively. The crescent moon is the traditional symbol of Islam, paying homage to the Senussi Dynasty who were founded in Mecca in 1837. The red color is meant to pay tribute to the blood sacrificed by the citizens of Libya during their political struggles. The green color is intended to promote the ideal of peace. The Libya Country Flag was officially adopted in 2011, being reinstalled following a period of civil and political insurrection. The Flag was originally adopted in 1951, but was forcefully abandoned after a 1969 coup.
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