International Maritime Signal Flags
This page lists of the various symbols in the International Maritime Signal Flags group.
The system of international maritime signal flags is one system of flag signals representing individual letters of the alphabet in signals to or from ships. It is a component of the International Code of Signals (ICS).
There are various methods by which the flags can be used as signals:
* each flag spells an alphabetic message, letter by letter.
* individual flags have specific and standard meanings
* one or more flags form a code word whose meaning can be looked up in a code book held by both parties.
* in yacht racing and dinghy racing, flags have other meanings.
NATO uses the same flags, with a few unique to warships, alone or in short sets to communicate various unclassified messages. The NATO usage generally differs from the International meanings, and therefore warships will fly the Code/Answer flag above the signal to indicate it should be read using the International meaning.
Symbols in this group:
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