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by Željko Heimer

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Description of the Flag

Green over white over blue tricolour. It may be noted that the shades of both green and blue are lighter then one might expect (if one consider that British very
dark blue
is to be expected as the "normal" blue shade here). Source: Album des Pavillons (2000)

This tricolour flag is probably derived from the coat of arms, which were granted in 1960.  The flag was adopted in 1961. The green in the coat of arms is symbolic of the hilly mountains, white and blue are for waves (i.e. sea). Smith (1975) agrees, adding that the white in the flag stands for unity and justice (cf. the national motto). Smith also calls the shades of the colours "leaf green" and "cobalt blue".

Željko Heimer, 15 January 2003

Naval Ensign of Sierra Leone

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White flag with the national flag in canton. Source: Album des Pavillons (2000)
Neither Smith (1975) nor Crampton (1990) show this flag - both reporting the national flag for all purposes. But maybe this was changed between 1975 and 1990.
Željko Heimer, 15 January 2003

I saw the naval flag four years ago flying on Sierra Leonean gunboats in Freetown.
Arthur T Porter, 22 September 2001

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Part of another photo in the current Navy News shows a Sierra Leone patrol-boat. What is probably the naval ensign appears to include an overall St George's cross.
David Prothero, 7 July 2006

Here is the flag, assuming 1:2 ratio and British width of the red cross (2/15 of hoist) although this may not be what they actually use or prescribe.
Željko Heimer, 7 July 2006

Aircraft Marking

by Željko Heimer

Green-white-blue roundel. National flag is painted on the fin.

Željko Heimer, 15 January 2003

Ambassador's Flag

by Željko Heimer

The national flag defaced with a golden representation of the national coat of arms in the middle of the white stripe.  Source: Album des Pavillons (2000)

Željko Heimer, 15 January 2003

Governor General, 1961-71

by Željko Heimer, 24 March 2003

Queen Elizabeth's personal flag, 1961-1971

by Željko Heimer

Queen Elizabeth's personal flag in use since independence in 1961 until tghe republic was proclaimed in 1971. Using the E-emblem from Graham Bartram's site, the banner elements are rather sketchy, but their relative dimensions and disposition should be approximately right. The (real) flag was shown among the royal flags on exhibition in the Hospitium in York during the XIX ICV. (My photo of the flag is take from an odd angle, so it is not of much use.)

Željko Heimer, 15 January 2003

Sierra Leone Independence Party Youth Section

Ivan Sache, 6 August 1999
Horizontal black-red-green.

U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone

In a news report on Sierra Leone I saw today there was a brief image the flag of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone. I didn't get a good look, but the flag was white, with a brown-outlined logo in the center: a combination of a UN wreath and a scale with with some features from the Sierra Leone coat of arms--two lions and a ribbon reading UNITY FREEDOM JUSTICE, with "SCSL" above it all. There is an image of it at the court's official site or on the Global Policy website.
Eugene Ipavec, 30 April 2004

The flag is the Special Court's logo on a white background. I suspect there are not more than one or two in existence. The only one I know of flies over the courthouse just outside my window. It is possible that there is another somewhere for ceremonial purposes.
Peter C. Andersen, 22 February 2005