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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
TU TU 2 MISCELLANEOUS FISHERY Your warps are under mine.
ZL ZL COMMUNICATIONS RECEPTION-TRANSMISSION Your signal has been received but not understood.
ZQ ZQ COMMUNICATIONS REPEAT Your signal appears incorrectly coded. You should check and repeat the whole.
EZ EZ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY POSITION Your position according to bearings taken by radio direction finder stations which I control is lat... long... (at time indicated).
OP OP AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION Your position according to bearings taken by radio direction finder stations which I control is lat... long... (at time indicated)
LW LW AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BEARINGS Your position according to bearings taken by radio direction finder stations which I control is lat... long... (at time indicated)
PD PD AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT Your navigation light(s) is (are) not visible.
BZ BZ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Your magnetic bearing from me (or from vessel or position indicated) is... (at time indicated).
LV LV AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BEARINGS Your magnetic bearing from me (or from vessel or position indicated) is... (at time indicated)
OE OE AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION DEPTH-DRAFT Your draft must not exceed... (number feet or meters).
ED ED 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY DISTRESS Your distress signals are understood; the nearest life-saving station is being informed.
ED ED DISTRESS-EMERGENCY DISTRESS Your distress signals are understood.
LT LT AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BEARINGS Your bearing from me [or from... (name or identity signal)] is... (at time indicated).
VQ VQ 2 METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICE-ICEBERGS Young fast ice (5-15 cms thick or rotten fast ice).
RD RD 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should weigh anchor at time indicated.
RD RD MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should weigh (cut or slip) anchor immediately.
XU XU METEOROLOGY-WEATHER WEATHER-WEATHER FORECAST You should wait until the weather moderates.
QC QC 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE You should wait until low water.
QC QC AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE You should wait until high water.
UQ UQ 1 MISCELLANEOUS PORT-HARBOR You should wait outside the harbor until daylight.

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