Answering pennant



one of the flags of the International Code of Signals, a pennant of three red and two white vertical stripes, flown at the dip while a message is being interpreted and close up when it is understood.
Historical Examples

There goes her answering pennant; and there she hauls to the wind on the starboard tack.
The Rover’s Secret Harry Collingwood

“Run up the answering pennant,” said I to the signal-man, as I turned up the number in the signal-book.
Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood

Her orders were carefully obeyed, and before very long the vessel was near enough for us to distinguish her answering pennant.
The Beautiful White Devil Guy Boothby

Hoist cornet; all ships answer by answering pennant; then make signal.
Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army

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