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The following combinations of signals are examples of VDSs that could be carried on board to satisfy U.S. Coast Guard requirements:

Distress Signals Handheld Red Flares
Three handheld red flares (day and night)
Distress Signals Handheld Red Flare and Meteors
One handheld red flare and two red meteors (day and night)
Distress Signals Floating and Handheld Orange Smoke and Electric Light
One handheld orange smoke signal (day), two floating orange smoke signals (day), and one electric light (night only)