Nautical Flags and Their Meanings
Signal flags are used to communicate messages, at times because radio silence is required. Here aretheir names and meanings, both International and/or specific to the Navy, as well as meanings when usedin a Sailing Regatta. There is also a signaling system called
which uses the position of theflags relative to a person to denote the letter.
International Code Flags
FlagName, Morse Code &PhoneticPronunciationMeaningSemaphoreFlagSignalingSystem
AL-fahI have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.
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BRAH-vohI am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerouscargo.
__ . __ .
CHAR-lee"Yes" or "affirmative".
Change of Course (Sailing Regatta)
__ . .
DELL-tahI am maneuvering with difficulty; keep clear.
ECK-ohI am directing my course to starboard.
. . __ .
FOKS-trotI am disabled; communicate with me.On aircraft carriers: Flight Operations underway