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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
CB CB 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I have damaged steering gear.
CB CB 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I have a serious disturbance on board.
CB CB 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I am aground.
CB CB 5 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I am drifting.
CB CB 6 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I am on fire.
CB CB 7 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; I have sprung a leak.
CB CB 8 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require immediate assistance; propeller shaft is broken.
CC CC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I am (or vessel indicated is) in distress in lat... long... (or bearing... from place indicated, distance...)and require immediate assistance (Complements Table 2, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page
CC CC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 104 if required). I require assistance
CD CD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require assistance in the nature of... (Complements Table 2, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page
CD CD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 104).
CD CD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I require medical assistance
CD CD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I request assistance from fishery protection (or fishery assistance) vesse
CE CE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I will attempt to obtain for you the assistance required.
CE CE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Aircraft is ditched in position indicated and requires immediate assistance ....
CF CF DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Signals from vessel/aircraft requesting assistance are coming from bearing...from me (lat...long... if necessary).
CG CG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Stand by to assist me (or vessel indicated).
CG CG 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE I will stand by to assist you (or vessel indicated).
CG CG DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Survivors are in bad condition. Medical assistance is urgently required
CH CH DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Vessel indicated is reported as requiring assistance in lat... long... (or bearing... from place indicated, distance...).

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