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Nautical Flag Alphabet
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Letters

Letter
Acro­nim
Mean­ing
A
Alpha
I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed
B
Bravo
I am taking in or discha­rging or carrying dangerous goods
C
Charlie
Affirm­ative
D
Delta
Keep clear of me; I am maneuv­ering with difficulty
E
Echo
I am altering my course to starboard
F
Foxtrot
I am disabled; commun­icate with me
G
Golf
I require a pilot. By fishing vessels near fishing grounds: "I am hauling nets."
H
Hotel
I have a pilot on board
I
India
I am altering my course to port
J
Julia
I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board: keep well clear of me
K
Kilo
I wish to commun­icate with you
L
Lima
In harbour: "The ship is quaran­tin­ed."­ At sea: "You should stop your vessel instan­tly."
M
Mike
My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water.
N
November
Negative
O
Oscar
"Man overbo­ard." (often attached to the man overboard pole on boats). With a sinister hoist, the semaphore flag.
P
Papa
The blue Peter. In harbour: 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
My vessel is 'healthy' and I request free pratique
R
Romeo
(No ICS meaning as single flag)
S
Sierra
Engines Going Astern
T
Tango
I am operating astern propulsion
U
Uniform
You are running into danger.
V
Victor
Require Assistance
W
Whiskey
I require medical assistance
X
X-Ray
Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals
Y
Yankee
I am dragging my anchor
Z
Zulu
"I require a tug." By fishing vessels near fishing grounds: "I am shooting nets."
 

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Author: Jorge Juan

Ver. 1.1 April 2017

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