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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
RG RG MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE You should not proceed out of harbor/anchorag
RH RH MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE There is no good holding ground in my area (or around lat... long...).
RI RI MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE There is good holding ground in my area (or around lat... long...).
AI AI DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Vessel (indicated by position and/or name or identity signal if necessary) will have to be abandoned.
CC CC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I am (or vessel indicated is) in distress in lat... long... (or bearing... from place indicated, distance...)and require immediate assistance (Complements Table 2, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page
RI RI 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE Is there good holding ground in your area (or around lat... long...)?
RJ RJ MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should keep your engines ready.
RJ RJ 1 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should have your engines ready as quickly as possible.
RJ RJ 2 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should report when your engines are ready.
RJ RJ 3 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should leave when your engines are ready.
RJ RJ 4 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER At what time will your engines be ready?
RK RK MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER My engines will be ready at time indicated.
RK RK 1 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER My engines are ready.
RL RL MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should stop your engines immediately.
RL RL 1 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER You should stop your engines.
CC CC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 104 if required). I require assistance
RM RM MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER My engines are stopped.
RM RM 1 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER I am stopping my engines.
RM RM 2 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER I am obliged to stop my engines.
RN RN MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER My engines are out of action.

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