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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
BE BE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I have established communications with the aircraft in distress on... MHz.
BF BF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is ditched in position indicated and requires immediate assistance. I sighted disabled aircraft in lat... long... at time indicated ....
BG BG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is still afloat.
BH BH DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I sighted an aircraft at time indicated in lat... long... flying on course...
BH BH 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at high altitude.
BH BH 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft was flying at low altitude.
BI BI DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am flying to likely position of vessel in distress.
BI BI 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am flying at low altitude near the vessel.
BJ BJ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am circling over the area of accident.
BJ BJ 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER An aircraft is circling over the area of accident.
BK BK DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER You are overhead.
BK BK 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Am I overhead?
BL BL DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am having engine trouble but am continuing flight.
BM BM DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER You should parachute object to windward. Mark it by smoke or light signal.
BM BM 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am going to parachute object to windward, marking it by smoke or light signal.
BM BM 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I am going to parachute equipment.
BM BM 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Inflatable raft will be dropped to windward by parachute.
BN *BN DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Repeat all between... and...
BO BO DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER We are going to jump by parachute.
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Aircraft is coming to participate in search. Expected to arrive over the area of accident at time indicated.

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