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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
QR QR MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE I cannot come alongside.
QR QR 1 MANEUVERS ALONGSIDE Can I come alongside?
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.
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 ....

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