A Quick Lesson in Signal Flags

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The International Code of Signals (ICS) , which is an international system of signals and codes for use by vessels to communicate important messages regarding safety of navigation and related matters.

Today on Oliver Hazard Perry we were flying Signal Flags Oscar over Quebec. Why was that? Well first lets take a look at the flags themselves. 

 
Oscar is portrayed by this signal flag. When flown solo, it represents a Man Overboard. 

Oscar is portrayed by this signal flag. When flown solo, it represents a Man Overboard. 

Quebec is portrayed by this signal flag.  The initial use was to mark a vessel in quarantine, but this flag in modern times indicates the opposite—a ship that declares itself free of quarantinable disease. 

Quebec is portrayed by this signal flag.  The initial use was to mark a vessel in quarantine, but this flag in modern times indicates the opposite—a ship that declares itself free of quarantinable disease. 

Oscar over Quebec denotes swinging the ship. 

Oscar over Quebec denotes swinging the ship. 

Which is all to say- we are adjusting our compass before hitting the open ocean! 

To learn more about signal flags click here! 

To learn more about signal flags click here!