Sailing Flags

There are various methods that the flags can be used as signals:

  • each flag spells out an alphabetic message, letter by letter.
  • individual flags have specific and standard meanings; for example, diving support vessels raise the “A flag” indicating their inability to move from their current location because they have a diver underwater.
  • one or more flags form a code word whose meaning can be looked up in a code book held by both parties. An example is the Popham numeric code used at the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • in yacht racing and dinghy racing, flags have other meanings; for example, the P flag is used as the “preparatory” flag to indicate an imminent start, and the S flag means “shortened course”

 

flags Sailing Flags

 

Call code

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

Xray

Y

Yankee

Z

Zulu

 

Letters

 

Numbers

Type of flag 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Allied flags (outdated) 50px ICS Zero.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS One.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Two.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Three.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Four.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Five.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Six.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Seven.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Eight.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Niner.svg Sailing Flags
Pennants (modern) 50px ICS Pennant Zero.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant One.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Two.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Three.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Four.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Five.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Six.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Seven.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Eight.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Pennant Niner.svg Sailing Flags

Other flags

50px ICS Repeat One.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Repeat Two.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Repeat Three.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Repeat Four.svg Sailing Flags
First substitute Second substitute Third substitute Fourth substitute

Allied signals

50px ICS Answer.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Prepare.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Question.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Negative.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Designation.svg Sailing Flags
Code/answer (ANS) Preparative (PREP) Question (INT) Negation (NEGAT) Designation (DESIG)
50px ICS Corpen.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Turn.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Screen.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Speed.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Station.svg Sailing Flags
Course Pennant (CORPEN) Turn (TURN) Screen (SCREEN) Speed (SPEED) Station (STATION)
50px ICS Port.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Starboard.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Formation.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Division.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Squadron.svg Sailing Flags
Port (PORT) Starboard (STBD) Formation (FORM) Division (DIV) Squadron (SQUAD)
50px ICS Group.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Subdivision.svg Sailing Flags 50px ICS Emergency.svg Sailing Flags
Group (FLOT) Subdivision (SUBDIV) Emergency (EMERG)

Source: wikipedia.org
 

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