Vessels sailing under the Egypt 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.
There are a few different variant versions of the Egypt country flag, but the official version of the flag is used on state government buildings. On the official flag, the background is split into three separate colors, each of which is the same size. At the top of the flag is the color red. In the middle is the color white and on the bottom is the color black. Each strip runs horizontally. Located right in the middle of the white stripe is the Eagle of Saladin. This flag officially became the flag of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1984 and it continues to be the official flag.
The three stripes have different meanings. The red stripe represents a time in Egyptian history where the people struggled against a British monarch. The white stripe represents the lack of blood spilt during the revolution against the British monarchy and the black stripe represents the end of oppression of Egypt by outside individuals, such as the British monarchy and other foreign imperialism the country went through after the Egyptian Empire collapsed and was taken over.