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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
AA *AA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Repeat all after...
AG AG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON You should abandon your vessel as quickly as possible.
AH AH DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON You should not abandon your vessel.
AI AI DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Vessel (indicated by position and/or name or identity signal if necessary) will have to be abandoned.
AB *AB DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Repeat all before...
AC AC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I am abandoning my vessel.
AD AD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I am abandoning my vessel which has suffered a nuclear accident and is a possible source of radiation danger.
AE AE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I must abandon my vessel.
AE AE 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I (or crew of vessel indicated) wish to abandon my (or their) vessel, but have not the means.
AE AE 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I shall abandon my vessel unless you will remain by me, ready to assist.
AF AF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I do not intend to abandon my vessel.
AF AF 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Do you intend to abandon your vessel?
AJ AJ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I have had a serious nuclear accident and you should approach with caution.
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I have had a nuclear accident on board.
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I am abandoning my vessel which has suffered a nuclear accident and is a possible source of radiation danger
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I am proceeding to the position of accident
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I am proceeding to the position of accident at full speed. Expect to arrive at time indicated .. FE
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK Are you proceeding to the position of accident? If so, when do you expect to arrive? ......
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK You should steer course... (or follow me) to reach position of accident
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I am circling over the area of accident

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