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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
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The search area of the aircraft is between lat... and... , and long... an
BP BP DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Search by aircraft/helicopter will be discontinued because of unfavorable conditions ......
SA SA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER aircraft is coming to your assistance
BQ BQ DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER The speed of my aircraft in relation to the surface of the earth is... (knots or kilometers per hour).
BQ BQ 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER What is the speed of your aircraft in relation to the surface of the earth?
BR BR DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER I require a helicopter urgently.
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 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.
QN QN MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE You should come alongside my starboard side.
QN QN 1 MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE You should come alongside my port side.
QN QN 2 MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE You should drop an anchor before coming alongside.
QO QO MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE You should not come alongside.
QP QP MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE I will come alongside.
QP QP 1 MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE I will try to come alongside.
QQ QQ MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE I require health clearance. (See Pratique Messages in Chapter 2, Section 9, Page 103.)

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