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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
AL AL DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I have a doctor on board.
AM AM DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK Have you a doctor?
AN AN DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I need a doctor.
AN AN 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I need a doctor; I have severe burns.
AN AN 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I need a doctor; I have radiation casualties.
AN AN DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I require a helicopter urgently, with a doctor ....
AN AN DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated) with a docto
AO AO DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK Number of injured and/or dead not yet known.
AO AO 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK How many injured?
AO AO 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK How many dead?
AP AP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I have... (number) casualties.
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I have injured/sick person (or number of persons indicated) to be taken off urgently. I cannot alight but I can lift injured/sick perso
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK You cannot alight on the deck; can you lift injured/sick person
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK I require a helicopter urgently to pick up injured/sick person
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK You should send a helicopter/boat with a stretcher
AQ AQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK A helicopter/boat is coming to take injured/sick
AT AT DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK You should send injured/sick persons to me.
AU AU DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am forced to alight near you (or in position indicated).
AV AV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am alighting (in position indicated if necessary) to pick up crew of vessel/aircraft
AW AW DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft should endeavor to alight where flag is waved or light is shown.

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