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MNDF flag - Image (reconstruction) by Olivier Touzeau, 29 April 2007
On a photography taken by Jaume Ollé in 2006, the elements of the flag obviously come from the badge of the MNDF (Maldives National Defence Force), the predecessor of which was the National Security Service (NSS).
Looking at the photography of the MNDF flag, the upper stripe looks rather white. But it might be grey if there is any vexillological continuity between the NSS and the MNDF. The lower stripe is black, the emblem in the middle is the MNDF badge, which can be seen on, the >A HREF="http://www.mndf.gov.mv">MNDF website.
Olivier Touzeau, 29 April 2007
NSS flag - Image by Željko Heimer, 30 May 2002
Album des Pavillons [pay00] shows the coast guard flag as horizontally divided gray-black with an emblem in the middle. The emblem consists
of a white ring with yellow borders inscribed inbetween NATIONAL
SECURITY SERVICE, the area in the middle being vertically divided red-
white-green with a white shield with two crossed scimitars and a yellow ribbon,
possibly with some inscriptions.
This is the flag of NSS, the voluntary defence organization of the Maldives, counting about 3,000 troops, and including the Coast Guard with some 400 men and half a dozen vessels.
The coast guard ensign is the national flag, whereas the flag of NSS is flown on land on National Security Service offices (including coast guard offices).
Željko Heimer & Armand du Payrat, 18 June 2002
Former (left) and current (right) customs flag - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2007
Quoting Xavier Romero-Frias:
[The former flag of the Maldives customs] was adopted at about the same time as the last version of the Port Health Officer flag [early 1960ies]. The emblem on the customs flag carries the outline of the munnaru at the Hukuru Miskiy in Malé (the only customs of Maldives was there). The word 'customs' is written in English. No flag in Maldives had any writing either in the old Divehi Akuru or in the Taina script. The date in which this flag was abandoned is not known.
The current customs flag, as photographied by Jaume Ollé is horizontally divided light blue-dark blue, with the emblem at the upper hoist; I have drawn it with 1/3 light blue, 2/3 dark blue, but the exact proportions are unknown. The emblem can be seen on the customs website
Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2007
Police flag - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 May 2007, emblem from the police website
The police flag can be seen on the gallery of the police website. The police flag exists for outdoor use (dark blue with the emblem in the centre) and for indoor use (same, with a large golden fringe).
Olivier Touzeau, 1 May 2007