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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
BR BR 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently to pick up persons.
BR BR 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently with a doctor.
BR BR 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently to pick up injured/sick person.
BR BR 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently with inflatable raft.
BS BS DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER You should send a helicopter/boat with stretcher.
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.
BT BT DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated).
BT BT 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Helicopter is coming to you now (or at time indicated) to pick up persons.
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).
CA CA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER What is my magnetic bearing from you (or from vessel or position indicated)?
CA CA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I am in distress and require immediate assistance
CB CB DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance.
CB CB 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I have a dangerous list.

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