Daily Archives: February 7, 2012

Phonetic Alphabet

A phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word “Navy” would be “November Alfa Victor Yankee” when spelled in the phonetic alphabet. This practice helps to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters, such as “m” and “n”, and to clarify communications that may be garbled during transmission.

Letter NATO Phonetic Western Union Phonetic

A

Alpha Adams

B

Bravo Boston

C

Charlie Chicago

D

Delta Denver

E

Echo Easy

F

Foxtrot Frank

G

Golf George

H

Hotel Henry

I

India Ida

J

Juliet John

K

Kilo King

L

Lima Lincoln

M

Mike Mary

N

November New York

O

Oscar Ocean

P

Papa Peter

Q

Quebec Queen

R

Romeo Roger

S

Sierra Sugar

T

Tango Thomas

U

Uniform Union

V

Victor Victor

W

Whiskey William

X

X-ray X-ray

Y

Yankee Young

Z

Zulu Zero

Source:

  1. http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq101-1.htm
  2. http://www.osric.com/chris/phonetic.html
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