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Maldives: Service flags

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Maldives National Defense Force

Flag image by Olivier Touzeau, 29 April 2007

MNDF (website) succeeded the National Security Service (NSS). The MDNF flag (photo by Jaume Ollé) is horizontally divided white (or grey, if there is any vexillological continuity between the NSS and the MNDF) and black with the MNDF badge in the middle.

Olivier Touzeau, 29 April 2007

A picture of the flag of the Maldives National Defence Force confirms the ongoing use of this flag:
Paul Bassinson, 16 July 2023

National Security Service

Flag image by Željko Heimer, 30 May 2002

NSS, the voluntary defence organization of the Maldives, counts about 3,000 troops, including the Coast Guard with some 400 men and half a dozen vessels.
Album des Pavillons [pay00] shows the NSS 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.
The flag of NSS is flown on land on NSS offices (including Coast Guard offices), while the coast guard ensign (used at sea) is the national flag,

Željko Heimer & Armand du Payrat, 18 June 2002

Customs Service

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Flag of the Customs Service, current and former versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2007

The flag of the Customs Service (website), as photographied by Jaume Ollé is horizontally divided light blue-dark blue (c. 1:2, exact proportions unknown), with the emblem at the upper hoist.

The former flag of the Customs Service 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.
[Maldive Royal Family website]

Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2007

Police Service

Flag image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 May 2007

The Police Service was established on 29 March 1933 by Sultan Mohamed Shamsudhdheen III.

The flag of the Police Service (photos) is dark blue with the emblem in the middle; when used indoors, the flag has a large golden fringe.
The emblem is described as follows (official website):

The rudder of a dhoni* determines the course of each journey in reaching its destination; it is instrumental to protecting the passengers and goods in the dhoni from the dangers of the sea. In the same manner, the joint rudders on the Police badge symbolize safe passage for the Maldives, through the trials and tribulations it faces in today's society, which are overcome with the combined efforts of the Police and the community.

The shield represents the colors of the Maldivian Flag. It symbolizes the efforts of the Police to uphold the peace and to protect the glory of the Islamic religion and the Maldives.

Since time immemorial, the stars have played an important role in leading the travelers to their destinations. The shining star in the centre of the badge is testimonial to the Police guiding the people of the Maldives to the path of peace and security. It also instills a sense of joy and pride in the abilities of the Police in the hearts of the people.

*The dhoni boat is the most widespread vessel of transport found in the Maldives.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 12 June 2013