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					SIGNAL FLAGS




  HARLAN R. DICKSON Division
                   Flags and Pennants

 • Serve various Functions
       –   Identify Nations
       –   Identify Governments
       –   Identify Rank
       –   Identify Ownership
       –   Convey Messages
       –   Used as Decorations
                   – DRESS SHIP




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                        U.S. Navy Uses

 •    International Alphabet Flags
 •    Numeral Pennants
 •    Code/Answer Pennants
 •    Numeral Flags
 •    Special Flags
 •    Pennants
 •    Four Substitutes or Repeaters




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                         Alphabet Flags

 • Uses the phonetic name of the letter it represents.

             •   A – Alpha
             •   B – Bravo
             •   C – Charlie
             •   D – Delta
             •   Etc…




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                         Numeral Flags

 • Take the name of the numeral they represent.

                   –   1 – One
                   –   2 – Two
                   –   3 – Three
                   –   4 – Four
                   –   5 – Five
                   –   Etc…




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                    Numeral Pennants

 • Used only in call signals




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         Special Flags and Pennants

 • Used to indicate tactical maneuvers
       –   To   direct    changes          in   speed
       –   To   direct    changes          in   position
       –   To   direct    changes          in   formation
       –   To   direct    changes          in   course
 • Indicate the identity of the unit
 • Specialized purposes




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    Importance of Learning Signal Flags
        Used in the Naval Service



                 • They are frequently seen displayed aboard
                   Navy ships or stations
                 • This form of communication is centuries old
                   and is widely used in the Navy today
                 • Your personal safety may depend on
                   recognizing a particular signal flag




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • I have a diver down
 • Keep well clear at slow
   speed




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • I am taking in dangerous
   materials
 • I am discharging dangerous
   materials
 • I am carrying dangerous
   materials




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • This ship has medical guard
   duty




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            Emergency Warning Flag

 • This ship has dental guard
   duty




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • I am in distress




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • Man Overboard




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          Emergency Warning Flags

 • Breakdown
 • This vessel is having engine
   or steering difficulty




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                 Administrative Flags

 • The ship has a harbor pilot
   on board




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Preparing to come alongside
   in port
 • Preparing to come alongside
   at anchor




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                   Administrative Flag

 • I have a semaphore
   message to transmit




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                   Administrative Flag

 • General Recall
       – All personnel return to the
         ship




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Boat Recall
       – All boats return to the ship




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Flown by ships having ready
   duty while in port

 • Flown by ships preparing to
   replenish while at sea




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Holding flag hoist drill




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                   Administrative Flag

 • This ship has visual
   communications duty




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Indicates the absence of the
   flag officer whose personal flag
   or pennant is flying on the ship
 • Indicates the absence of the
   unit commander whose
   personal flag or pennant is
   flying on the ship




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Indicates the absence of the
   chief of staff




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Indicates the absence of the
   captain.
 • IF captain’s absence is
   greater than 72 hours –
   then this flag is used to
   indicate the absence of the
   executive officer (XO)




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Admiral




 • Fleet Admiral




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Vice Admiral




 • Rear Admiral




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                   Administrative Flag

 • Commodore




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • A
 • Alpha




 • B
 • Bravo




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • C
 • Charlie




 • D
 • Delta




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • E
 • Echo




 • F
 • Foxtrot




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • G
 • Golf




 • H
 • Hotel




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • I
 • India




 • J
 • Juliett




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • K
 • Kilo




 • L
 • Lima




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • M
 • Mike




 • N
 • November




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • O
 • Oscar




 • P
 • Papa




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • Q
 • Quebec




 • R
 • Romeo




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • S
 • Sierra




 • T
 • Tango




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • U
 • Uniform




 • V
 • Victor




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • W
 • Whiskey




 • X
 • X-Ray




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • Y
 • Yankee




 • Z
 • Zulu




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                         Numeral Flags

 • 1
 • One




 • 2
 • Two




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                         Numeral Flags

 • 3
 • Three




 • 4
 • Four




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                         Numeral Flags

 • 5
 • Five




 • 6
 • Six




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                         Numeral Flags

 • 7
 • Seven




 • 8
 • Eight




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                       Alphabetic Flags

 • 9
 • Nine




 • 0
 • Zero




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                    Numeric Pennants

 • P1
 • Pennant One




 • P2
 • Pennant Two




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                    Numeric Pennants

 • P3
 • Pennant Three




 • P4
 • Pennant Four




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                    Numeric Pennants

 • P5
 • Pennant Five




 • P6
 • Pennant Six




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                    Numeric Pennants

 • P7
 • Pennant Seven




 • P8
 • Pennant Eight




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                     Numeric Pennant

 • P9
 • Pennant Nine




 • P0
 • Pennant Zero




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                  Substitute Pennants

 • First Substitute
 • First SUB
 • 1st




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                  Substitute Pennants

 • Second Substitute
 • Second SUB
 • 2nd




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                  Substitute Pennants

 • Third Substitute
 • Third SUB
 • 3rd




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                  Substitute Pennants

 • Fourth Substitute
 • Fourth SUB
 • 4th




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Code or Answer
 • Code or ANS




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Screen




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Corpen




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Designation
 • Desig
 • DESIG




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Division
 • Div
 • DIV




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Emergency
 • Emergency
 • EMERG




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Formation
 • Formation
 • FORM




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Interrogative
 • Interrogative
 • INT




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Negative
 • Negat
 • NEGAT




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Preparative
 • Prep
 • PREP




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Port
 • Port
 • PORT




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Speed
 • Speed
 • SPEED




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Squadron
 • Squad
 • SQUAD




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Starboard
 • Starboard
 • STBD




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Station
 • Station
 • STATION




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Subdivision
 • Subdiv
 • SUBDIV




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Turn
 • Turn
 • TURN




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Tack Line
 • Tack
 •   -




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                   Pennants and Flags

 • Flotilla
 • Flot
 • FLOT




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