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One of the most common classifications of flag measures is linked, as always, to the military sphere. Specifically, the document to refer to is the famous SMD-G-106 Directive of the Italian General Staff of Defense, also known as "Regulation on Territorial Service and Presidium " (published in May 1973). Annex 14 refers to the different sizes concerning the flags: For a horizontal oriented flag, the width is relative to the short side (the one close to the shaft), while the length is relative to the long side.

 

 

Measure Width Lenght
1° Measure 5,50 mt 8,25 mt
2° Measure 4,00 mt 6,00 mt
3° Measure 2,50 mt 3,75 mt
4° Measure 1,50 mt 2,25 mt
5° Measure 1,00 mt 1,50 mt
6° Measure 0,80 mt 1,20 mt
7° Measure 0,45 mt 0,70 mt
8° misura 0,30 mt 0,45 mt

 

 

 

The same document (Annex 17) reports the official measures for the so-called Jack flags, the squared flag known as Naval Ensign, depicting the coats of arms of the 4 Maritime Republics (Italian Navy Flag).

 

Measure Width Lenght
3° Measure 2,50 mt 2,50 mt
4° Measure 1,50 mt 1,50 mt
5° Measure 1,00 mt 1,00 mt
6° Measure 0,80 mt 0,80 mt
7° Measure 0,40 mt 0,40 mt
8° Measure 0,30 mt 0,30 mt

 

 

Finally, the document (annex 17) indicates the correct dimensions for the flames, those naval flags of very elongated shape, generally triangular, that are hoisted on the mast of a naval unit, with the national colors. These represent the unit in active service and they are usually raised only when the commander is on board.

 

Measure Dimensions Lenght Flame Initial Width End Width
1° Measure 15x2000 cm 2000 15 4
2° Measure 15x1500 cm 1500 15 4
3° Measure 12x1000 cm 1000 12 3
4° Measure 12x500 cm 500 12 3
5° Measure 8x230 cm 230 8 2
6° Measure 8x200 cm 200 8 2
7° Measure 8x86 cm 86 8 2
8° Measure 8x70 cm 70 8 2

 

 

Still in the nautical field there are rules, not always codified, which, depending on the meters of length of the boat, provide different dimensions for national flags to be hoisted on board. *

 

Soggetti portatori di bandiere Corresponding flag class (sizes)
Nautic Club 3 4 5
Boats between 18 to 24 mt 4 5 6
Boats between 12 to 18 mt 5 6 7
Boats between 6 to 12 mt 6 7 8
Boats inferior to 6 mt 7 8 9

 

 

The flag of the greatest size is used on holidays or gala. The medium-sized flag is used on weekdays while the minimum is used when the weather conditions suggest its use (not optimal weather conditions). Compared to the landarmons, these are the approximate measures.

 

Flagpole Length Dimensions - Size
2 meters 70x100 cm
3 meters 70x100 cm
4 meters 100x150 cm
6 meters 150x225 cm
8 meters 200x300 cm
10 meters 200x300 cm
12 meters 300x450 cm

 

 

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* Pietro Palloni (2011) Flags & Labels. Nautical Club of Rimini, Rimini 2011