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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
RP *RP MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING Landing here is highly dangerous.
RP *RP MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING 1 Landing here is highly dangerous. A more favorable location for landing is at position indicated.
RP *RP MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING **RQ Interrogative or “the significance of the previous group should be read as a question”.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING This is the best place to land.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING 1 Lights will be shown or flag waved at the best landing place.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING Boat should endeavor to land where flag is waved or light is show
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING Boats are not allowed to land (after time indicated
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 1 I am conducting innocent passage in the territorial sea.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 2 Your course leads into an area of the territorial sea in which the right of innocent passage is temporarily suspended.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 3 You should leave the area of the territorial sea in which the right of innocent passage is temporarily suspended.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 4 You are violating the conditions of innocent passage through the territorial sea (as indicated in the table of complements below). Request you comply with the conditions of innocent passage through the territorial sea.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 5 I am not violating the conditions of innocent passage through the territorial sea (as indicated in the table of complements below).
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 6 I have ceased violating the conditions of innocent passage through the territorial sea (as indicated in the table of complements below).
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 7 Having disregarded our request for compliance with the conditions of innocent passage through the territorial sea, you are required to leave the territorial sea immediately.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 8 I am conducting transit passage through an international Strait.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 9 I am exercising freedom of navigation.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS * Signals UV 1 - UV 9 are not mandatory. Use of these signals is not a precondition to the exercise of the right of
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS innocent passage or freedom of navigation. Conditions of innocent passage... (Complements 0-9 corresponding to the following table):
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 0 By threatening or using force against our/your sovereignty, territorial integrity, or political independence.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 1 By exercising or practicing with weapons.

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