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Flag Combinations

The purpose of the International Code of Signals is to provide ways and means of communication in situations related essen- tially to safety of navigation and persons, especially when language difficulties arise. In the preparation of the Code, account was taken of the fact that wide application of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy can provide simple and effective means of communication in plain language whenever language difficulties do not exist.

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Flag Code Code Section Sub-Section Meaning
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS * Signals UV 1 - UV 9 are not mandatory. Use of these signals is not a precondition to the exercise of the right of
RP *RP MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING **RQ Interrogative or “the significance of the previous group should be read as a question”.
YT YT COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE **YU I am going to communicate with your station by means of the International Code of Signals.
YT YT COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE **YV The groups which follow are from the International Code of Signals.
TC TC MISCELLANEOUS CREW-PERSONS ON BOARD ... (number) persons are sick.
TB TB MISCELLANEOUS CREW-PERSONS ON BOARD ... (number) persons have died.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 0 By threatening or using force against our/your sovereignty, territorial integrity, or political independence.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 1 By exercising or practicing with weapons.
FR *FR DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE 1 Carry out search pattern... starting at... hours. Initial course... search speed... knots.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 1 I am conducting innocent passage in the territorial sea.
RP *RP MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING 1 Landing here is highly dangerous. A more favorable location for landing is at position indicated.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING 1 Lights will be shown or flag waved at the best landing place.
GT GT DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE 1 Look out for rocket line.
YV YV COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE 1 The groups which follow are from the local code.
PB PB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING 1 You should keep clear of me; I am exploding a floating mine.
CC CC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 104 if required). I require assistance
CD CD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 104).
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 2 By engaging in acts aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of our/your defense or security.
FR *FR DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE 2 Carry out radar search, ships proceeding in loose line abreast at intervals between
VC VC MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 2 Where is the nearest place at which coal is available?

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