International Code Flags

Below you will find the "International Code Of Signals Flags" which were used to communicate messages by making up words using the flags. This method of communication has reduced in popularity since the advent of VHF radio, AIS and mobile phones. However some code flags are reguarly seen on vessels such as "A", "B" and "H" to denote the meanings listed below.

A A - Alpha I am engaged in diving operations. keep well clear at slow speed.
B B - Bravo I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods.
C C - Charlie Yes (affirmative).
D D - Delta I am maneuvering with difficulty, Keep clear of me.
E E - Echo I am altering my course to starboard.
F F - Foxtrot I am disabled, communicate with me.
G G - Golf I require a pilot.
H H - Hotel I have a pilot on board.
I I - India I am altering my course to port.
J J - Juliet keep clear, I am on fire and have dangerous cargo aboard.
K K - Kilo I wish to communicate with you.
L L - Lima You should stop your vessel immediately.
M M - Mike My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water.
N N - November No or negative.
O O - Oscar Man overboard.
P P - Papa Proceeding to sea, all crew return to ship.
Q Q - Quebec Request clearance into port.
R R - Romeo No meaning.
S S - Sierra My vessel is going astern.
T T - Tango My vessel is engaged in trawling operations, keep clear
U U - Uniform You are running into danger.
V V - Victor I require assistance.
W W - Whisky I require medical assistance.
X X - X-ray Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
Y Y - Yankee I am dragging anchor.
Z Z - Zulu I require a tug.