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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
OY OY 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING Are there mines in the port entrance or fairway?
OZ OZ AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING The width of the swept channel is... (number feet or meters).
PA PA AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING I will indicate the swept channel. You should follow in my wake.
PA PA 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING You should keep carefully to the swept channel.
PA PA 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING The swept channel is marked by buoys.
PA PA 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING I do not see the buoys marking the swept channel.
BV BV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I cannot send a helicopter.
PA PA 4 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING Do you know the swept channel?
PB *PB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING You should keep clear of me; I am engaged in minesweeping operations.
PB PB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING 1 You should keep clear of me; I am exploding a floating mine.
PC PC AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING I have destroyed the drifting mine(s).
PC PC 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING I cannot destroy the drifting mine(s).
PD PD AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT Your navigation light(s) is (are) not visible.
PD PD 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT My navigation lights are not functioning.
PE PE AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT You should extinguish all the lights except the navigation lights.
PG PG AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT I do not see any light.
PG PG 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT You should hoist a light.
BW BW DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The magnetic course for you to steer towards me (or vessel or position indicated) is... (at time indicated).
PG PG 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT I am dazzled by your searchlight. Extinguish it or lift it.
PG PG AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT You should train your searchlight nearly vertical on a cloud, intermittently if possible, and, if my aircraft is seen, deflect the beam upwind and on the water to facilitate my landing

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