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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
PP PP 5 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU Do not pass on my port side.
CA CA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER What is my magnetic bearing from you (or from vessel or position indicated)?
PP PP 6 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU Do not pass too close to me.
PP PP 7 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should give way to me.
PQ PQ AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep closer in to the coast.
PQ PQ 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep further away from the coast.
PQ PQ 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should follow the coast at a safe distance.
PQ PQ 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU How far out from the coast?
PR PR AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep closer to me (or vessel indicated).
PR PR 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should come as near as possible.
PR PR 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep within visual signal distance from me (or vessel indicated).
PR PR 3 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should come within hailing distance from me (or vessel indicated).
AH AH DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ABANDON You should not abandon your vessel.
CA CA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I am in distress and require immediate assistance
PS PS AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should not come any closer.
PS PS 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU You should keep away from me (or vessel indicated).
PS PS AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION NAVIGATING AND STEERING INSTRU I am calibrating radio direction finder or adjusting compasses
PT PT AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE What is the state of the tide?
PT PT 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE The tide is rising.
PT PT 2 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE The tide is falling.

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