Vessels sailing under the Oman 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 Oman Country Flag is represented by four colored stripes. Three equally proportioned horizontal stripes of white, red and green grace the main body of the flag, while a wider, red vertical strip colors the hoist, or left side. The National Emblem of Oman graces the upper hoist corner, sitting squarely in the vertical red stripe. This emblem is depicted as two crossed swords, a dagger and a belt. The dagger is know as a khanjar. The Oman Country Flag was officially adopted in 1995. An earlier, 1970 flag was colored red, but the other colored stripes and the National Emblem were added before the most recent incarnation was adopted. The Flag is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 1:2, height to length, respectively. The white was added to pay tribute to the Imam, or the Islamic religious leaders. Green is the official color of Islam. The red continues to represent the ruling dynasty in the country as it did in the previous incarnation. The dynasty has continuously held power in Oman since the mid 18th Century.
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