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Customs Police Ensign (Spain)

Pabellón para Embarcaciones del Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera

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Keywords: servicio de vigilancia aduanera | sva | hh | ensign: customs | letters: two (blue) | crown: royal (blue) | crowns: 2 (blue) |
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[Customs Police Ensign (Spain)] 2:3 | stripes 1+2+1 |
image by Željko Heimer
Flag adopted 21st January 1977

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Customs Police (Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera, literally Customs Surveillance Service) ships fly a plain Spanish ensign with no coat-of-arms defaced with "HH" (for Hacienda = Treasury; no idea why two initials – maybe the name was originally Haciendas, in plural), both letters crowned with a royal crown all the same colour, both the letters and the crowns are blue. Letters and crowns are offset towards the hoist, as the coat-of-arms is on the National Flag. This is a Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) unit under the authority of the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury Ministry), hence the "H." See also the Customs Ensign 1945-1977.

Santiago Dotor, 24 Jun 1999

This is not a Naval Civil Guard unit. Naval Civil Guard (Guardia Civil del Mar) vessels fly the national flag (with coat-of-arms of course). The Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera (Customs Police or Revenue Service) is a corps subject to the Customs Department of the Treasury Ministry, with 1,800 members which have police status including firearms license. They have planes, helicopters, land vehicles and most importantly 41 patrol boats and a special operations ship (Petrel) which use the Customs Police ensign as illustrated above. The source of this information is Mr. Gregorio Conde del Campo, chief of the Asturias regional S.V.A. unit.

José Carlos Alegría, translated by Santiago Dotor, 06 Dec 2000

The letters in the Customs Ensign should have the following dimensions (according to the 1977 Decree):

  • height: 1/4th hoist
  • width: 1/6th hoist
  • space between letters: 1/18th hoist
Note that when considering the crowns over them, the HH on the Customs Ensign have a total height of 1/3rd hoist.

Santiago Dotor, 04 Sep 2001