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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
VC VC MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS 90
DA DA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS A boat/helicopter is coming to take injured/sick
VQ VQ 4 METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICE-ICEBERGS A compressed accumulation of sludge (a compressed mass of sludge or pancake ice, the
IP IP CASUALTIES-DAMAGES DIVER-UNDERWATER OPERATIONS A diver will be sent as soon as possible (or at time indicated).
TX TX MISCELLANEOUS FISHERY A fishery protection (or fishery assistance) vessel is in lat... long...
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK A helicopter/boat is coming to take injured/sick
BU BU DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER A helicopter/boat is coming to take injured/sick.
EC EC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY DISTRESS A vessel which has suffered a nuclear accident is in distress in lat... long...
MU MU AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION DANGERS TO NAVIGATION-WARNINGS A vessel which has suffered a nuclear accident is in distress in lat... long...
JF JF 4 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING Aft.
FY FY DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Aircraft is coming to participate in search. Expected arrive over the area of accident at time indicated ....
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is coming to participate in search. Expected to arrive over the area of accident at time indicated.
SA SA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER aircraft is coming to your assistance
CE CE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Aircraft is ditched in position indicated and requires immediate assistance ....
BF BF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is ditched in position indicated and requires immediate assistance. I sighted disabled aircraft in lat... long... at time indicated ....
BG BG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is still afloat.
AW AW DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft should endeavor to alight where flag is waved or light is shown.
BH BH 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at high altitude.
BH BH 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at low altitude.
GK GK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Aircraft wreckage is found in lat... long...

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