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Mexico - Navy: Masthead Pennant

Gallardete Nacional de Mando

Last modified: 2004-12-29 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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[Masthead Pennant, Mexico] 1:4
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 10, 2001


Masthead Pennant
Gallardete Nacional de Mando

Oct. 20, 2000 - present

From the Article 17 of the Decree published on Oct. 19, 2001, in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, comming into effect a day later.

"Article 17.- The National Masthead Pennant (Gallardete Nacional de Mando) is like an isosceles triangle with the colors of the National Flag, it shall be hoisted on the ships whose commander be captain or official.
This pennat shall be hoisted on the top of the masthead, and shall keep hoist 24 hours a day...".

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán , May 10, 2001

Nov. 25, 1994 - Oct. 19, 2000

The "Reglamento de Uniformes y Divisas de la Armada" issued in Diario Oficial de la Federación on November 25, 1994, in effect on day 26 of the same month, states on the "Gallardete Nacional de Mando" (Masthead Pennant) as follows:

"CHAPTER II. On the 'banderas insignias' (ensigns)

    Article 296.- (...)
      II.- (...)
        Q.- Commander of ship:
          1.- Whatever it be the rank of a Commander either Commander subordinate or lower, it shall hoist on the masthead the 'Gallardete Nacional de Mando', with stripes colored after the National Flag.
      III.- The following measures shall be applied to the ensigns according to the dependencies' buildings, and the size of the ships where they be hoisted.
        C.- 'Gallardete Nacional de Mando' (Masthead Pennant):
          1.- Ships of 1000 tons. or bigger: 3.50 m. fly; 0.87 m. hoist.
          2.- Ships from 150 to 1000 tons.: 2.10 m. fly; 0.52 m. hoist.
          3.- Ships smaller than 150 tons.: 1.83 m. fly; 0.45 m. hoist (...)"

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán , May 10, 2001

Earliest National Pennants

The National Pennant is in use since Mexico achieved independence from Spain in 1821, even before. However, the earliest law I've even found where the Masthead pennant is regulated is the General Ordinance of 1897, then, that of 1912.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán , May 10, 2001

1864/1865-1867 Masthead pennant

[Mexican Masthead Pennant used during the Empire II]
[Pennant no longer in use]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 06, 2001

During the Empire (1864-1867) the Masthead Pennant was regularized by decree of June 18, 1864, but its official proportions were established by Imperial Law issued in the "Diario del Imperio" on November 13, 1865 describying it as follows:

"(...) and the National Pennant shall be proportioned 1:20, as it is indicated in the attached drafts, figure 2."

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, April 06, 2001