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USNSCC Signal Flags. Prepared By: Cadet J. Peterson Harlan R. Dickson Division USNSCC Manchester, New Hampshire. 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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USNSCC Signal Flags

Prepared By: Cadet J. Peterson

Harlan R. Dickson Division

USNSCC Manchester, New Hampshire


Flags and Pennants

  • Serve various Functions

    • Identify Nations

    • Identify Governments

    • Identify Rank

    • Identify Ownership

    • Convey Messages

    • Used as Decorations

      • DRESS SHIP


U.S. Navy Uses

  • International Alphabet Flags

  • Numeral Pennants

  • Code/Answer Pennants

  • Numeral Flags

  • Special Flags

  • Pennants

  • Four Substitutes or Repeaters


Alphabet Flags

  • Uses the phonetic name of the letter it represents.

    • A – Alpha

    • B – Bravo

    • C – Charlie

    • D – Delta

    • Etc…


Numeral Flags

  • Take the name of the numeral they represent.

    • 1 – One

    • 2 – Two

    • 3 – Three

    • 4 – Four

    • 5 – Five

    • Etc…


Numeral Pennants

  • Used only in call signals


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


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


Emergency Warning Flags

  • I have a diver down

  • Keep well clear at slow speed


Emergency Warning Flags

  • I am taking in dangerous materials

  • I am discharging dangerous materials

  • I am carrying dangerous materials


Emergency Warning Flags

  • This ship has medical guard duty


Emergency Warning Flag

  • This ship has dental guard duty


Emergency Warning Flags

  • I am in distress


Emergency Warning Flags

  • Man Overboard


Emergency Warning Flags

  • Breakdown

  • This vessel is having engine or steering difficulty


Administrative Flags

  • The ship has a harbor pilot on board


Administrative Flag

  • Preparing to come alongside in port

  • Preparing to come alongside at anchor


Administrative Flag

  • I have a semaphore message to transmit


Administrative Flag

  • General Recall

    • All personnel return to the ship


Administrative Flag

  • Boat Recall

    • All boats return to the ship


Administrative Flag

  • Flown by ships having ready duty while in port

  • Flown by ships preparing to replenish while at sea


Administrative Flag

  • Holding flag hoist drill


Administrative Flag

  • This ship has visual communications duty


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


Administrative Flag

  • Indicates the absence of the chief of staff


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)


Administrative Flag

  • Admiral

  • Fleet Admiral


Administrative Flag

  • Vice Admiral

  • Rear Admiral


Administrative Flag

  • Commodore


Alphabetic Flags

  • A

  • Alpha

  • B

  • Bravo


Alphabetic Flags

  • C

  • Charlie

  • D

  • Delta


Alphabetic Flags

  • E

  • Echo

  • F

  • Foxtrot


Alphabetic Flags

  • G

  • Golf

  • H

  • Hotel


Alphabetic Flags

  • I

  • India

  • J

  • Juliett


Alphabetic Flags

  • K

  • Kilo

  • L

  • Lima


Alphabetic Flags

  • M

  • Mike

  • N

  • November


Alphabetic Flags

  • O

  • Oscar

  • P

  • Papa


Alphabetic Flags

  • Q

  • Quebec

  • R

  • Romeo


Alphabetic Flags

  • S

  • Sierra

  • T

  • Tango


Alphabetic Flags

  • U

  • Uniform

  • V

  • Victor


Alphabetic Flags

  • W

  • Whiskey

  • X

  • X-Ray


Alphabetic Flags

  • Y

  • Yankee

  • Z

  • Zulu


Numeral Flags

  • 1

  • One

  • 2

  • Two


Numeral Flags

  • 3

  • Three

  • 4

  • Four


Numeral Flags

  • 5

  • Five

  • 6

  • Six


Numeral Flags

  • 7

  • Seven

  • 8

  • Eight


Alphabetic Flags

  • 9

  • Nine

  • 0

  • Zero


Numeric Pennants

  • P1

  • Pennant One

  • P2

  • Pennant Two


Numeric Pennants

  • P3

  • Pennant Three

  • P4

  • Pennant Four


Numeric Pennants

  • P5

  • Pennant Five

  • P6

  • Pennant Six


Numeric Pennants

  • P7

  • Pennant Seven

  • P8

  • Pennant Eight


Numeric Pennant

  • P9

  • Pennant Nine

  • P0

  • Pennant Zero


Substitute Pennants

  • First Substitute

  • First SUB

  • 1st


Substitute Pennants

  • Second Substitute

  • Second SUB

  • 2nd


Substitute Pennants

  • Third Substitute

  • Third SUB

  • 3rd


Substitute Pennants

  • Fourth Substitute

  • Fourth SUB

  • 4th


Pennants and Flags

  • Code or Answer

  • Code or ANS


Pennants and Flags

  • Screen


Pennants and Flags

  • Corpen


Pennants and Flags

  • Designation

  • Desig

  • DESIG


Pennants and Flags

  • Division

  • Div

  • DIV


Pennants and Flags

  • Emergency

  • Emergency

  • EMERG


Pennants and Flags

  • Formation

  • Formation

  • FORM


Pennants and Flags

  • Interrogative

  • Interrogative

  • INT


Pennants and Flags

  • Negative

  • Negat

  • NEGAT


Pennants and Flags

  • Preparative

  • Prep

  • PREP


Pennants and Flags

  • Port

  • Port

  • PORT


Pennants and Flags

  • Speed

  • Speed

  • SPEED


Pennants and Flags

  • Squadron

  • Squad

  • SQUAD


Pennants and Flags

  • Starboard

  • Starboard

  • STBD


Pennants and Flags

  • Station

  • Station

  • STATION


Pennants and Flags

  • Subdivision

  • Subdiv

  • SUBDIV


Pennants and Flags

  • Turn

  • Turn

  • TURN


Pennants and Flags

  • Tack Line

  • Tack

  • -


Pennants and Flags

  • Flotilla

  • Flot

  • FLOT


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