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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
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).
PM PM 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should go ahead and lead the course.
PN PN AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep to leeward of me (or vessel indicated).
PN PN 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep to windward of me (or vessel indicated).
PN PN 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep on my starboard side (or starboard side of vessel indicated).
PN PN 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep on my port side (or port side of vessel indicated).
PO PO AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should pass ahead of me (or vessel indicated).
PO PO 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I will pass ahead of you (or vessel indicated).
PO PO 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should pass astern of me (or vessel indicated).
PO PO 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I will pass astern of you (or vessel indicated).
PO PO 4 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should pass to leeward of me (or vessel indicated).

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