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Alphabetical Flags

The term "alphabetical flags" generally refers to the set of flags used in the International Code of Signals to represent letters of the alphabet. Nautical alphabet flags are used for communication between ships or between ships and shore. Each flag represents a specific letter or number.

They are used for:

  1. Visibility and Long-Distance Communication
  2. International Communication
  3. Emergency Signaling
  4. Avoidance of Verbal Misunderstanding
  5. Military and Security Applications
  6. Regulatory Compliance
  7. Traditional and Cultural Significance

Alphabetic flags along with their corresponding letters:

A - Alpha / B - Bravo / C - Charlie / D - Delta / E - Echo / F - Foxtrot / G - Golf / H - Hotel / I - India / J - Juliet / K - Kilo / L - Lima / M - Mike / N - November / O - Oscar / P - Papa / Q - Quebec / R - Romeo / S - Sierra / T - Tango / U - Uniform / V - Victor / W - Whiskey / X - X-ray / Y - Yankee / Z - Zulu

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The code flag B "Bravo" means ' I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods .

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YES   The code flag C "Charlie" means   YES (affirmative)

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The code flag D "Delta" means ' Keep clear of me; I am manoeuvring with difficulty . '

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The code flag E "Echo" means ' I am altering my course to starboard . '

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The code flag E "Echo" means ' I am altering my course to starboard . '

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The code flag G "Golf" means ' I require a pilot . ' 

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The code flag H "Hotel" means ' I have a Pilot on board  ' 

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The code flag I "India" means I am directing my course to port.

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The code flag J "Juliet" means I am on fire and have dangerous cargo; keep clear .

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The code flag K "Kilo" means ' I wish to communicate with you . '

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The code flag L "Lima" means ' You should stop your vessel instantly . '

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The code flag M "Mike" means ' My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water . ' 

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The code flag N "November" means  'No (negative) . '

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The code flag O "Oscar" means ' Man overboard . '