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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
QB QB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE The tide was half water when the vessel went aground
QB QB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE The tide was low water when the vessel went aground
QB QB AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE At what state of tide did you go aground?
QC QC AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE You should wait until high water.
QC QC 1 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION TIDE You should wait until low water.
LK LK AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Buoy (or beacon) has been established in lat... long...
LL LL AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION AIDS TO NAVIGATION Buoy (or beacon) in lat... long... has been removed.
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
LP LP AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BAR There is not less than... (number) feet or meters of water over the bar.
LQ LQ AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION BAR There will be... (number) feet or meters of water over the bar at time indicated.

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