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Medical Service Ensign (Spain)

Pabellón para Embarcaciones de Sanidad

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by Victor Lomantsov
Flag adopted 21st January 1977

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The medical vessels' ensign (which apparently is only used by a single hospital-ship covering the Sahara coastal fishing fleet and moving to the Bay of Biscay during the tuna fishing season) is a national flag with the coat-of-arms replaced by a centred, white Maltese cross occupying the full height of the yellow stripe.

José Carlos Alegría, translated by Santiago Dotor, 6 December 2000

Album des Pavillons 2000 shows among others the Spanish sanitary/medical service ensign. Only one ship flies this ensign, the Esperanza del Mar, based at Las Palmas (Canary Islands) most of the year. It belongs to the Instituto Social de de la Marina (social institute of the merchant navy).

José Carlos Alegría, 16 December 2000

The 1977 Decree and Calvo and Grávalos 1983 show the same image, with some differences with the image in Album des Pavillons 2000.

Obviously the remaining question is how does the actual ensign look. Since there is apparently only one being flown (that of the Esperanza del Mar), a picture or a witness' report would be interesting.

Santiago Dotor, 21 December 2000

The only vessel which is entitled to fly the medical service ensign, the Esperanza del Mar, flies the plain civil ensign (with no coat-of-arms). Source: a picture of the said vessel in my files.

Aingeru Astui, translated by Santiago Dotor, 19 February 2002

The issue is not fully settled, since:

Santiago Dotor, 20 February 2002

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