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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
CK CK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Assistance is not (or is no longer) required by me (or vessel indicated).
CU CU DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Assistance will come at time indicated.
JF JF 7 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING At high water aft.
JF JF 6 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING At high water amidship.
JF JF 5 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING At high water forward.
QB QB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE At what state of tide did you go aground?
JI JI 3 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES GROUNDING-BEACHING-REFLOATING At what state of tide did you go aground?
RG RG 1 MANEUVERS TO ANCHOR-ANCHOR(S)-ANCHORAGE At what time shall I come into anchorage?
SF SF 2 MANEUVERS PROCEED-UNDERWAY At what time will you be underway?
WI WI METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ICEBREAKER At what time will you follow at full speed?
RJ RJ 4 MANEUVERS ENGINES-PROPELLER At what time will your engines be ready?
TW TW MISCELLANEOUS FISHERY Attention. You are in the vicinity of prohibited fishery limits.
LS LS AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BAR Bar is dangerous.
LR LR AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BAR Bar is not dangerous.
WP WP 1 METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE-TEMPERATU Barometer is falling rapidly.
WP WP 2 METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE-TEMPERATU Barometer is rising rapidly.
WP WP METEOROLOGY-WEATHER ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE-TEMPERATU Barometer is steady.
LW LW AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BEARINGS Bearing and distance by radar of vessel (or object) indicated is bearing... ,distance... mile
OM OM AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION Bearing and distance by radar of vessel (or object) indicated, is bearing... , distance... miles.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING Boat should endeavor to land where flag is waved or light is show

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