Vessels sailing under the Liberia 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 Liberia Country Flag is represented by eleven, equally proportioned horizontal stripes of red and white, red stripes being the top and bottom. A dark blue background containing a white, five pointed star resides in the canton at the upper hoist, or left corner. The Liberian Country Flag was formally adopted in 1847, making it one of the oldest, unchanged existing national flags in the world. It closely resembles the United States Flag, being a former territory of that country. Liberia was founded by freed American slaves in 1820 on the African coast. The eleven stripes represent the original signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence. The colors are meant to represent ideals of the nation. The red signifies the valor and steadfastness of the people. White symbolizes purity and the blue denotes fidelity, liberty and justice. The star is symbolic of the freedom the former slaves and current citizens enjoy, and blue is also meant to pay tribute to the African mainland. The Flag is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 10:19, height to length, respectively.
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