Vessels sailing under the Lebanon 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 Lebanon Country Flag is recognized by it's three horizontal stripes. A red stripe on the top and one on the bottom sandwich a white stripe that is double the width of the other two. In the center of the flag, set squarely in the white stripe is a depiction of a green cedar tree. The Lebanon Country Flag was officially adopted in 1943 after the nation won it's independence from France. The Flag is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively. Lebanon was created by the country of France in 1920, although the Lebanese people have a long and storied history dating to the Ottoman Empire. The Lebanon Country Flag was created based on the French design. Maronite Christians in the region have used the image of a cedar tree for centuries. It is meant to symbolize peace, tolerance and immortality. Red and white have historically been representative of the native tribes of the region, but have come to stand for the martyrdom of citizens and the snow-capped mountains in the area.
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