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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
JO JO 4 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING Are you (or vessel indicated) still afloat?
SF SF MANEUVERS PROCEED-UNDERWAY Are you (or vessel indicated) underway?
TD TD 2 MISCELLANEOUS FISHERY Are you a fishing vessel?
JI JI CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING Are you aground?
NH NH 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION DANGERS TO NAVIGATION-WARNINGS Are you clear of all danger?
EY EY 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY POSITION Are you confident as to your position?
FZ FZ 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Are you continuing to search?
OI OI 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION Are you equipped with radar?
QS QS 5 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE Are you going to anchor?
SB SB MANEUVERS PROCEED-UNDERWAY Are you in a condition to proceed ....
IL IL 3 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES DAMAGES-REPAIRS Are you in a condition to proceed?
FY FY 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Are you in the search area?
IT IT 3 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES FIRE-EXPLOSION Are you on fire?
OS OS 4 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION MINES-MINESWEEPING Are you out of the dangerous zone?
FE FE 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Are you proceeding to the position of accident? If so, when do you expect to arrive?
SB SB MANEUVERS PROCEED-UNDERWAY Are you proceeding to the position of accident? If so, when do you expect to arrive? ......
AK AK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ACCIDENT-DOCTOR-INJURED/SICK Are you proceeding to the position of accident? If so, when do you expect to arrive? ......
SF SF 1 MANEUVERS PROCEED-UNDERWAY Are you ready to get underway?
CV CV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE assistance
CO CO DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Assistance cannot be given to you (or vessel/aircraft indicated).

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