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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
RA RA MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE My anchor is foul.
CB CB 7 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I have sprung a leak.
RA RA 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I have picked up telegraph cable with my anchor.
RB RB MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I am dragging my anchor
RB RB 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You appear to be dragging your anchor.
RB RB 2 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE Where you have anchored (or intend to anchor) you are likely to drag.
RC RC MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I am (or vessel indicated is) breaking adrift.
RC RC 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I have broken adrift.
RD RD MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should weigh (cut or slip) anchor immediately.
RD RD 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should weigh anchor at time indicated.
RD RD 2 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I am unable to weigh my anchor.
RE RE MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should change your anchorage/berth. It is not safe.
CB CB 8 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; propeller shaft is broken.
RF RF MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE Will you lead me into a safe anchorage?
RF RF MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should tow me to the nearest port or anchorage (or place indicated)
RF RF MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I will tow you to the nearest port or anchorage (or place indicated)
RF RF MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE I must get shelter or anchorage as soon as possible
RG RG MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should send a boat to where I am to anchor or moor.
RG RG 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE At what time shall I come into anchorage?
RG RG MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should proceed to anchorage in position indicated (lat... long...)

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