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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
LL LL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION You should steer directly for the buoy (or object indicated) ....
LL LL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION You should keep buoy (or object indicated) on your starboard side
LL LL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION You should keep buoy (or object indicated) on your port sid
LL LL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION You can pass the buoy (or object indicated) on either side
LM LM AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Radiobeacon indicated is out of action.
LN LN AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Light (name follows) has been extinguished.
LN LN 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION All lights are out along this coast (or the coast of...).
LO LO AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION I am not in my correct position (to be used by a lightvessel).
LO LO 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Lightvessel (name follows) is out of position.
LO LO 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Lightvessel (name follows) has been removed from her station.
LO LO AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Lightvessel (or lighthouse) indicated requires assistance
BT BT 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated) with a doctor.
BT BT 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated) to pick up injured/sick person.
BT BT 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated) with inflatable raft.
BU BU DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER A helicopter/boat is coming to take injured/sick.
BV BV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I cannot send a helicopter.
BW BW DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The magnetic course for you to steer towards me (or vessel or position indicated) is... (at time indicated).
BX BX DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The magnetic course for the helicopter to regain its base is...
BY BY DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Will you indicate the magnetic course for me to steer towards you (or vessel or position indicated)?
BZ BZ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Your magnetic bearing from me (or from vessel or position indicated) is... (at time indicated).

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