Maritime Flags – International Code Pennants

Maritime flags are an important way of communication out at sea. They require no means of verbal communication and make a message clear for all vessels within eyesight or even beyond when read through binoculars. Anyone in charge of a vessel (even the smallest, such as dinghies) needs to be able to at least identify flags A, B, D and O as well as the combination NC.

INTERNATIONAL CODE FLAGS

Alfa

Diver in the water – keep clear

Bravo

Maritime Flags B

Explosives or other dangerous goods are been taken on or discharged.

Charlie

Maritime Flags C

YES

Delta

Maritime Flags D

Maneuvering with difficulty – keep clear

Echo

Maritime Flags E

Altering course to STARBOARD

Foxtrot

Maritime Flags F

Disabled – communication requested

Golf

Maritime Flags G

Pilot required

Hotel

Maritime Flags H

Pilot on board

India

Maritime Flags I

Altering course to PORT

Juliett

Maritime Flags J

On fire and carry dangerous cargo – keep clear

Kilo

Maritime Flags K

Communication requested

Lima

Maritime Flags L

Stop immediately

Mike

Maritime Flags M

Vessel stopped, – unable to make way

November

Maritime Flags N

NO

Oscar

Maritime Flags O

Man overboard

Papa

Maritime Flags P

All aboard! – Vessel proceeding to sea

Quebec

Maritime Flags Q

Requesting clearance into port – my vessel is healthy

Romeo

Maritime Flags R

[None]

Sierra

Maritime Flags S

Moving astern

Tango

Maritime Flags T

Engaged in pair trawling – keep clear

Uniform

Maritime Flags U

You are heading into danger

Victor

Maritime Flags V

Assistance required

Whiskey

Maritime Flags W

Medical assistance required

Xray

Maritime Flags X

Stop with your intentions and wait my for signal

Yankee

Maritime Flags Y

Dragging anchor

Zulu

Maritime Flags Z

Tugging required

NUMERAL PENNANTS

1

Maritime Flags 1

2

Maritime Flags 2

3

Maritime Flags 3

4

Maritime Flags 4

5

Maritime Flags 5

6

Maritime Flags 6

7

Maritime Flags 7

8

Maritime Flags 8

9

Maritime Flags 9

0

Maritime Flags 0

SUBSTITUTE PENNANTS

1st
Substitute

Maritime Flags Substitute 1

2nd
Substitute

Maritime Flags Substitute 2

3rd
Substitute

Maritime Flags Substitute 3

Answering Pennant

Maritime Flags Answering Pennant

COMMON FLAG COMBINATIONS

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