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International Maritime Signal Flags and their Meanings
AA
I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.

B B
I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods.

C C
Yes (Affirmative,or The significance of the previous group should be read in the affirmative.)
D D
Keep clear of me; I am maneuvering with difficulty.

E E
I am altering my course to starboard

F F
I am disabled; communicate with me

G G
I require a pilot. When made by fishing vessels operating in close proximity on the fishing grounds it means: I am hauling nets.
H H
I have a pilot on board

I I
I am altering my course to port

J J
I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board; keep well clear of me, or I am leaking dangerous cargo.

K K
I wish to communicate with you.

L L
You should stop your vessel instantly.
M M
My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water.

N N
No (Negative, or The significance of the previous group should be read in the negative.)

O O
Man overboard

P P
The Blue Peter - all aboard, vessel is about to proceed sea. (At sea used by fishing vessels): 'My nets have come fast upon an obstruction'.

Q Q
My vessel is healthy and I request free practique

R R
No current single flag meaning

S S
My engines are going astern

T T
Keep clear of me; I am engaged in pair trawling

U U
You are running into danger.

V V
I require assistance (not distress)

W W
I require medical assistance

X X
Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals

Y Y
I am dragging my anchor.

Z Z
I require a tug.

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I am in distress