NATO Phonetic Alphabet
In sailing, the phonetic alphabet is an important thing to know and know well. Since so much communication is heard through the poor fidelity of small radio speakers and takes place in sometimes loud windy conditions, it’s vital to have a means to communicate clearly and precisely. These specifically chosen words used to represent the alphabet’s letters service that goal. In the maritime world the NATO phonetic alphabet is most often used.
A ALPHA AL fah B BRAVO BRAH voh C CHARLIE CHAR lee D DELTA DEL tah E ECHO EKK oh F FOXTROT FOKS trot G GOLF GOLF H HOTEL HO tell I INDIA IN dee ah J JULIET JEW lee ett K KILO KEY loh L LIMA LEE mah M MIKE MIKE N NOVEMBER NOH vem ber O OSCAR OSS car P PAPA PAH pah Q QUEBEC keh BECK R ROMEO ROW me oh S SIERRA see AIR ah T TANGO TANG go U UNIFORM YOU nee form V VICTOR VIK ter W WHISKEY WISS key X XRAY EKS ray Y YANKEE YANG kee Z ZULUE ZOO luu