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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
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 2 By engaging in acts aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of our/your defense or security.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 3 By engaging in acts of propaganda aimed at affecting our/your defense or security.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 4 By engaging in the launching, landing or taking on board of aircraft or a military device.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 5 By engaging in the loading or unloading of a commodity, currency or person contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws or regulations of our/your country.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 6 By engaging in willful and serious pollution.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 7 By engaging in fishing activities.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 8 By engaging in research or survey activities.
UV *UV MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 9 By engaging in acts aimed at interfering with our/your systems of communication or other facilities or installations.
WA *WA METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICEBREAKER Repeat word or group after...
WB *WB METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICEBREAKER Repeat word or group before...
WM *WM METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICEBREAKER Icebreaker support is now commencing. Use special icebreaker support signals and keep continuous
WM *WM METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICEBREAKER watch for sound, visual, or radiotelephony signals.
AC AC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I am abandoning my vessel.
AD AD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I am abandoning my vessel which has suffered a nuclear accident and is a possible source of radiation danger.
AE AE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I must abandon my vessel.
AE AE 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I (or crew of vessel indicated) wish to abandon my (or their) vessel, but have not the means.
AE AE 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I shall abandon my vessel unless you will remain by me, ready to assist.
AF AF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON I do not intend to abandon my vessel.
AF AF 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON Do you intend to abandon your vessel?
AG AG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON You should abandon your vessel as quickly as possible.

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