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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
TC TC MISCELLANEOUS CREW-PERSONS ON BOARD Can I transfer rescued persons to you
HD HD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Can I transfer rescued persons to you?
FE FE DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Can you assist
CV CV 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Can you assist me (or vessel indicated)?
KK KK 4 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES TOWING-TUGS Can you assist with your engines?
CV CV 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Can you assist?
YR YR COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE Can you communicate by... (Complements Table 1, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page 104)?
ZC ZC COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE Can you communicate with me in language indicated (complements as above)?
ZE ZE COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATE Can you communicate with the aircraft?
BC BC 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT-HELICOPTER Can you communicate with the aircraft?
GV GV 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE Can you connect with line throwing apparatus?
CV CV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Can you get the fire under control without assistance?
IY IY 1 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES FIRE-EXPLOSION Can you get the fire under control without assistance?
UP UP MISCELLANEOUS PORT-HARBOR Can you lead me into port
UH UH MISCELLANEOUS PILOT Can you lead me into port?
OJ OJ 4 AIDS TO NAVIGATION-NAVIGATION ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION Can you locate me by radar?
CV CV DISTRESS-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Can you offer assistance? (Complements Table 2, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page 104
TZ TZ MISCELLANEOUS FISHERY Can you offer assistance? (Complements Table 2, Chapter 2, Section 10, Page 104).
HZ HZ CASUALTIES-DAMAGES COLLISION Can you place the collision mat?
KA KA 2 CASUALTIES-DAMAGES LEAK Can you place the collision mat?

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