Vessels sailing under the Kenya 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 Kenya Country Flag is represented by five horizontal stripes. The top stripe is colored black, a slim white stripe separates it from a centered red stripe. The red stripe is separated from the bottom green one by another slim white stripe. A traditional Maasai Warrior shield is represented in the center of the flag, interrupting all the colored stripes. Two white spears are depicted as recessed and crossed behind the shield. The Kenya Country Flag was officially adopted in 1963 when Kenya won it's independence from British rule. It is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively. The Black stripe is meant to symbolize the African People, while the red is representative of the struggle the people of Kenya have endured. The green stripe references the life-giving vegetation of the region. Thin white stripes are intended to convey the ideals of peace and unity. The central shield represents the fight for freedom that the people of the region have fought for centuries. It is intended to warn of the continued readiness for battle.
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