Vessels sailing under the Mexico 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 Mexico Country Flag may be recognized by it's three, equally proportioned vertical stripes. These are colored green, white and red as viewed from the hoist, or left side to fly, or right side. The Mexican Coat Of Arms graces the center of the flag, squarely placed in the white stripe. The Mexican Coat Of Arms depicts a Mexican eagle facing toward the hoist and clutching a snake in it's talon while tearing it with it's beak. The eagle stands on one foot. His talon is gripping a flowering prickly pear cactus plant which rises from a rock situated in a body of water. Under the depiction are tied together an oak branch and a laurel branch. The ribbon tying them mimics the colors of the Mexico Country Flag. The Flag was officially adopted in 1968. It has been used in it's current incarnation since 1821. It is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 4:7, height to length, respectively. There has never been any generally accepted meaning associated with the color scheme ordained for the Flag.
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