The International Code Flags

See also Courtesy Flags and Ensigns

These are provided to service the code section of the New Zealand Mariner's Handbook. Click on the thumbnails for a GIF file of the flag, correct in proportions.

LetterPhoneticMeaningFlag
AALPHAI have a diver down, keep well clear at slow speed
BBRAVO I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods
C CHARLIE Yes (affirmative or "the significance of the previous group should be read in the affirmative")
D DELTA Keep clear of me: I am manoeuvring with difficulty
E ECHO I am altering my course to starboard
F FOXTROT I am disabled: communicate with me
G GOLF I require a pilot. When made by fishing vessels operating in close proximity on the fishing grounds it means "I am hauling nets"
H HOTEL I have a pilot on board
I INDIA I am altering my course to port
J JULIETT I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board. Keep well clear of me
K KILO I wish to communicate with you
L LIMA You should stop your vessel instantly
M MIKE My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water
N NOVEMBER No (negative or "the significance of the previous group should be read in the negative")
O OSCAR Man overboard
P PAPA In harbour: all persons should report on board as soon as possible as the vessel is about to proceed to sea. At sea: it may be used by fishing vessels to mean "my nets have come fast upon an obstruction".
Q QUEBEC My vessel is healthy, and I request free pratique.
R ROMEO No code meaning.
S SIERRA My engines are going astern.
T TANGO Keep clear of me; I am engaged in pair trawling.
U UNIFORM You are running into danger.
V VICTOR I require assistance.
W WHISKEY I require medical assistance.
X X-RAY Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
Y YANKEE I am dragging my anchor.
Z ZULU I require a tug. When made by fishing vessels operating in close proximity on the fishing grounds it means "I am shooting nets".
0 NADAZERO
1 UNAONE
2 BISSOTWO
3 TERRATHREE
4 KARTEFOUR
5 PANTAFIVE
6 SOXISIX
7 SETTESEVEN
8 OKTOEIGHT
9 NOVENINE
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