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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
CF CF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Signals from vessel/aircraft requesting assistance are coming from bearing...from me (lat...long... if necessary).
CG CG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Stand by to assist me (or vessel indicated).
CG CG 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I will stand by to assist you (or vessel indicated).
CG CG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Survivors are in bad condition. Medical assistance is urgently required
CH CH DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Vessel indicated is reported as requiring assistance in lat... long... (or bearing... from place indicated, distance...).
CH CH 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Lightvessel (or lighthouse) indicated requires assistance.
CH CH 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Space ship is down in lat... long... and requires immediate assistance.
CI CI DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Vessel aground in lat... long... requires assistance.
CJ CJ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Do you require assistance?
CJ CJ 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Do you require immediate assistance?
CJ CJ 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Do you require any further assistance?
CJ CJ 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE What assistance do you require?
CJ CJ 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Can you proceed without assistance?
CK CK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Assistance is not (or is no longer) required by me (or vessel indicated).
CL CL DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I offered assistance but it was declined.
CM CM DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE One or more vessels are assisting the vessel in distress.
CM CM 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Vessel/aircraft reported in distress is receiving assistance.
CN CN DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE You should give all possible assistance.
CN CN 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE You should give immediate assistance to pick up survivors.
CN CN 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE You should send survival craft to assist vessel indicated.

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