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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
PG PG AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATION LIGHTS-SEARCHLIGHT Shall I train my searchlight nearly vertical on a cloud, intermittently if possible, and, if your aircraft is seen, deflect the beam upwind and on the water to facilitate your landing? ......
PH PH AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should steer as indicated.
PH PH 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should steer towards me.
PH PH 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I am steering towards you.
PH PH 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should steer more to starboard.
PH PH 4 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I am steering more to starboard.
PH PH 5 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should steer more to port.
PH PH 6 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I am steering more to port.
BX BX DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The magnetic course for the helicopter to regain its base is...
PI PI AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should maintain your present course.
PI PI 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I am maintaining my present course.
PI PI 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU Shall I maintain my present course?
PJ PJ AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I cannot maintain my present course. You should make fast astern and steer me
PK PK AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I cannot steer without assistance.
PL PL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should steer directly for the buoy (or object indicated).
PL PL 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep buoy (or object indicated) on your starboard side.
PL PL 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep buoy (or object indicated) on your port side.
PL PL 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You can pass the buoy (or object indicated) on either side.
PM PM AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should follow in my wake (or wake of vessel indicated).
BY BY DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Will you indicate the magnetic course for me to steer towards you (or vessel or position indicated)?

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