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Flag adopted 24 February 1949, coat of arms adopted 21 April 1951
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by Zeljko Heimer, 08 January 2003
Flag info and constuction details from the official site http://www.samoa.ws/govtsamoapress/flag.htm.
Red, the first quarter blue and bearing thereon five white regular five-rayed stars representing the Southern Cross the size and disposition of the stars being as follows:
1. In this prescription the hoist of the flag from top to bottom is regarded as 144 vertical units and its breadth from side to side as 288 horizontal units.
2. Each star has its upper most point on a vertical line through its center.
3. Two of the stars are disposed with their centers on a vertical line by setting the blue quarter. The top point of the upper star and bottom point of the lower star are distant 3 vertical units from the upper and lower edges of the blue quarter respectively.
4. The star nearest the staff has its top point distant 21 vertical units from the upper edge of the flag and its nearest point distant 42 horizontal units from the edge nearest the staff.
5. The star nearest the fly has its top point distant 18 vertical units from the upper edge of the flag and its nearest point distant 42 horizontal units from the fly edge of the blue quarter.
6. The fifth star has its bottom points distant 26 vertical unit from the lower edge of the blue quarter and its nearest point distant 56 horizontal units from the fly edge of the blue quarter.
7. The star nearest the fly edge measures 15, the top most star and the star nearest the staff 16, the lowest star 20 and the fifth star 10 vertical units measured from the point of any ray to the point of the next ray but one.
CoA info from same site http://www.samoa.ws/govtsamoapress/crest.htm.
A silver shield with the lower two thirds blue, having thereon five silver
stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross, of the same shape
and the same relative sizes and dispositions among themselves as in the Flag
of Samoa; one half of the upper third depicting a green sea with a green coconut
palm issuing there from; the shield being surmounted by a gold
cross, and superimposed on 2 concentric circles of the world and the olive leaves as in the United Nations Badge, and bearing the subscription of the motto "Faavae i le Atua Samoa", meaning in the English language "God be the Foundation of Samoa", the whole being contained within surrounding concentric circles between which are inscribed the words " The Public Seal
of the Independent State of Samoa.
Dov Gutterman, 22 June 2002
Flottes de Combat 2002 (French equivalent to Jane's) presents a photo of Samoan
Patrol ship Nafanua. She fly as an Ensign a blue 1:2 rectangle with
in the middle a white symbol. The scale of the photo is not sufficient to say
more. Any one can help?
Armand Noel du Payrat, 24 July 2002