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Last modified: 2002-12-07 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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Law provisions: Ordenanza General de la Armada
General Ordinance of the Navy

This law was proclaimed by President Francisco Ignacio Madero on December 12, 1911;onpublished in the "Diario Oficial de la Federación" on January 8, 1912; and como into effect on February 1, 1912.

This Ordinance stated that the National Navy depends directly form the President of the Republic, and it has as an objective waging the war at sea and on the seashores in order to defend the independence, integrity and prestige of the country, and cooperationg to keep the constitional order and reinforce the domestic peace.

The General Ordinance is made up by 1,868 articles plus one transitory, clasified into six "tratados" (Treaties), which are made of in turn of "Títulos" (Titles).

The topic regards the flags and ensigns appears in the Tratado III (Treaty III), Título Sexto (Title Sixth): "Banderas, Insignias, Honores y Saludos, y Honores Fúnebres" (Flags, Ensigns, Honors and Greeting, and Funeral Honors).

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 20, 2002.


Flags and ensigns according the Ordenanza General de la Armada

Distinctive signals

The distinctive signal of the national war ships shall be the National flag at war and the Masthead pennant.
(article 1,098).

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 20, 2002.


Insignia / Ensign

Insignia (Ensign) shall name to the flag, cornet, pennant or Senior Officer Afloat's ensign that distinguis' the ranks of those people who excercise effective authority or command on the squadrons, divisions, groups, or ships alone.
The ensign shall be permanently hoisted. Shall not be two ensigns hoisted in the same ship at the same time. The highest rank ensign shall be hoisted. The ensign shall be half-hoisted in the cases stated by this law alone.

(Article 1,099)

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 20, 2002.


Banderas distintivas / Distinctive flags

Distinctive flags shall be those which are hoisted to honor people who are granted with a certain dignity, but do not have nor excercise authority over groups or ships honor them.
(Article 1,100)

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 20, 2002.


Flag proportions

(...) The proportion of the flag shal be two in high and three in width (...) The ensigns and distinctive flags shall keep apropiated measures in order to be able to hoist them on the top of the masts and on the jack-hoist in small ships.
(Articles 1,101 and 1,102).

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 20, 2002.