Vessels sailing under the Uganda 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 Uganda Country Flag appears as a series of six colored, equally proportioned horizontal stripes. The stripes appear in a repeating sequence of colors, including Black, yellow and burnt orange or red. The sequence starts with a black stripe at the top and another beginning at the center. A white circle graces the center of the flag, straddling a red and black stripe. Inside the circle is a grey crowned crane. The bird stands on it's forward leg, raising the receded leg and facing the hoist, or left side of the flag. Black, white, red and yellow colors appear on the bird. This species of animal is considered to be a gentle, non-threatening fisherman, representing the national symbol of Uganda. Black, yellow and red were the representative colors adopted by the Uganda Peoples Congress Party. This political party won control of the country in 1962, ushering in a revolution of thought. The Flag was officially adopted in 1962 after a national contest drew prospective entries. It is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively.