US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Flags, the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, and Morse Code.


Every Sea Cadet should have a working knowledge of signal flags and codes - the knowledge of flag meanings and Morse could help keep you out of danger or save your life. In the phonetic alphabet, the syllables to be emphasised are in italics.

  Phonetic Alphabet Morse Code Code Flag Semaphore Single-letter Signal
A ALPHA
pronounced
AL FAH
ALPHA I have a diver down. Keep clear
B BRAVO
pronounced
BRA VOH
BRAVO I am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerous goods
C CHARLIE
pronounced
CHAR LEE
CHARLIE Yes (affirmative or 'The significance of the previous group should be read in the affirmative')
D DELTA
pronounced
DELL TAH
DELTA Keep clear of me; I am maneuvering with difficulty
E ECHO
pronounced
ECK OH
ECHO I am altering my course to starboard
F FOXTROT
pronounced
FOKS TROT
I am disabled. Communicate with me
G GOLF
pronounced
GOLF
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
pronounced
HOH TELL
HOTEL I have a pilot on board
I INDIA
pronounced
IN DEE AH
INDIA I am altering my course to port
J JULIET
pronounced
JEW LEE ET
JULIET I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board: keep well clear of me
K KILO
pronounced
KEE LOH
KILO I wish to communicate with you
L LIMA
pronounced
LEE MAH
LIMA You should stop your vessel instantly.
M MIKE
pronounced
MIKE
MIKE My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water
N NOVEMBER
pronounced
NO VEM BER
NOVEMBER No (negative or 'The significance of the previous group should be read in the negative'). This signal may only be given visually or by sound
O OSCAR
pronounced
OSS CAH
OSCAR Man overboard
P PAPA
pronounced
PAH PAH
PAPA In harbor: all persons should report on board 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
pronounced
KEH BECK
QUEBEC My vessel is healthy and I request free passage
R ROMEO
pronounced
ROW ME OH
ROMEO (no single letter meaning)
S SIERRA
pronounced
SEE AIR RAH
SIERRA I am operating astern propulsion. The significance of this signal is as likely to be "I am slowing down" as it is to be "I am about to gather sternway".
T TANGO
pronounced
TANG GO
TANGO Keep clear - I am engaged in pair trawling
U UNIFORM
pronounced
YOU NEE FORM
UNIFORM You are running into danger
V VICTOR
pronounced
VIK TAH
VICTOR I require assistance
W WHISKEY
pronounced
WISS KEY
WHISKEY I require medical assistance
X X-RAY
pronounced
ECKS RAY
X-RAY Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals
Y YANKEE
pronounced
YANG KEY
YANKEE I am dragging my anchor
Z ZULU
pronounced
ZOO LOO
ZULU I require a tug. When made by fishing vessels operating in close proximity on the fishing grounds it means: 'I am shooting nets'
1 pronounced
WUN
ONE    
2 pronounced
TOO
TWO    
3 pronounced
TREE
THREE    
4 pronounced
FOW-er
FOUR    
5 pronounced
FIFE
FIVE    
6 pronounced
SICKS
SIX    
7 pronounced
SEV-en
SEVEN    
8 pronounced
AIT
EIGHT    
9 pronounced
NIN-er
NINE    
0 pronounced
ZEE-roh
ZERO    
1 pronounced
PEN-ant WUN
ONE    
2 pronounced
PEN-ant TOO
TWO    
3 pronounced
PEN-ant TREE
THREE    
4 pronounced
PEN-ant FOW-er
FOUR    
5 pronounced
PEN-ant FIFE
FIVE    
6 pronounced
PEN-ant SICKS
SIX    
7 pronounced
PEN-ant SEV-en
SEVEN    
8 pronounced
PEN-ant AIT
EIGHT    
9 pronounced
PEN-ant NIN-er
NINE    
0 pronounced
PEN-ant ZEE-roh
ZERO    





 
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