The term “NATO Alphabet” was adopted prior to the Cold War as an alternative name for the ICAO phonetic alphabet, after it was used in a publication for the navies of all NATO members. A unique feature of this alphabet is that it includes corresponding symbols for the Morse code. Although the official version of this spelling alphabet was initially marked as classified information, later public documents included a full version of the NATO alphabet.
The first spelling alphabet was developed for use within the U.S. military as early as World War One. A decade later, in 1927, the International Telegraph Union (ITU) produced its own version of the spelling alphabet to facilitate global communication via telegrams. Over time the ITU’s spelling alphabet saw several changes, and its use expanded to areas of communication.
During the second world war, in 1941, the U.S. adopted a new spelling alphabet, the Joint Army / Navy Phonetic Alphabet. Then, in 1956, after a period of research and testing that included 31 different countries, the ICAO finalized its Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, which would be adopted as the official spelling alphabet of NATO and all allied countries.
|Letter||IRSA (1957-Present)||Joint Army (WW2)||ITU (1927-WW2)||RAF (1913)||Morse code|
|B||Bravo||Baker||Baltimore||Boy||_ . . .|
|C||Charlie||Charlie||Casablanca||Cast||_ . _ .|
|D||Delta||Dog||Denmark||Dog||_ . .|
|F||Foxtrot||Fox||Florida||Fox||. . _ .|
|G||Golf||George||Gallipoli||George||_ _ .|
|H||Hotel||How||Havana||Have||. . . .|
|I||India||Int (Item)||Italia||Item||. .|
|J||Juliet||Jig||Jerusalem||Jig||. _ _ _|
|K||Kilo||King||Kilogramme||King||_ . _|
|L||Lima||Love||Liverpool||Love||. _ . .|
|N||November||Negat||New York||Nan||_ .|
|O||Oscar||Option||Oslo||Oboe||_ _ _|
|P||Papa||Prep||Paris||Pup||. _ _ .|
|Q||Quebec||Queen||Quebec||Quack||_ _ . _|
|R||Romeo||Roger||Roma||Rush||. _ .|
|S||Sierra||Sugar||Santiago||Sail||. . .|
|U||Uniform||Uncle||Upsala||Unit||. . _|
|V||Victor||Victor||Valencia||Vice||. . . _|
|W||Whiskey||William||Washington||Watch||. _ _|
|X||X-Ray||X-Ray||Xanthippe||X-Ray||_ . . _|
|Y||Yankee||Yoke||Yokohama||Yoke||_ . _ _|
|Z||Zulu||Zebra||Yokohama||Zed||_ _ . .|
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Submarine Classes / Reporting Names The introduction and a lot of information is from Robin J. Lee ([email protected]) - Thanks! NATO used the standard phonetic letters to denote submarine classes, in no particular order (for instance, 'Alfa' appeared in 1969, well after 'Whiskey' in 1951). After the war, it was determined that this wartime alphabet included words and pronunciations particular to American English, which hindered communication between NATO allies. So then, in 1957, NATO and the US introduced a common system, now known as the NATO Military Alphabet, which still remains in use. The TYPECODE field is a one position alpha code that identifies whether the CAGE Code entity is a U.S. Or a NATO Manufacturer or Non-Manufacturer. TYPECODE: A = U.S. Or Canadian Manufacturer. C = Civilian Standards or Standards Organization. E = NATO or other Foreign Organization Manufacturer. A code name, call sign or cryptonym is a code word or name used, sometimes clandestinely, to refer to another name, word, project, or person. Code names are often used for military purposes, or in espionage.They may also be used in industrial counter-espionage to protect secret projects and the like from business rivals, or to give names to projects whose marketing name has not yet been.
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