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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
QI QI 4 MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN I will go astern dead slow.
QJ QJ MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN I have sternway.
QK QK MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN I cannot go astern.
QL QL MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should go astern.
QL QL 1 MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should go slow astern.
QL QL 2 MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should go full speed astern.
QL QL 3 MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should keep going astern.
QL QL 4 MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should keep your engines going astern.
CB CB 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I am aground.
QM QM MANEUVERS AHEAD-ASTERN You should not go astern any more.
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.)
QR QR MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE I cannot come alongside.
QR QR 1 MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE Can I come alongside?
CB CB 5 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I am drifting.

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