Menu
1stWatersport emsailingRYA Tick Mark Join the RYA online today

PHONETIC ALPHABET & MAYDAY VOICE PROCEDURE

AAlfaAL FAH1WUN
BBravoBRAH VOH2TOO
CCharlieCHAR LEE or SHAR LEE3TREE
DDeltaDELL TAH4FOW ER
EEchoECK OH5FIFE
FFoxtrotFOKS TROT6SIX
GGolfGOLF7SEV EN
HHotelHOH TEL8AIT
IIndiaIN DEE AH9NIN ER
JJulietJEW LEE ETT0ZERO
KKiloKEY LO
LLimaLEE MAH
MMikeMIKEPDF File   Print this? Click here.
NNovemberNOH VEM BER
OOscarOSS CAH
PPapaPAH PAH
QQuebecKEH BECK
RRomeoROW ME OH
SSierraSEE AIR RAH
TTangoTANG GO
UUniformYOU NEE FORM or OO NEE FORM
VVictorVIK TAH
WWhiskeyWISS KEY
XX-rayECKS RAY
YYankeeYANG KEY
ZZuluZOO LOO

Note that the pronunciation guidance is to assist people for whom English is not their first language.


MAYDAY VOICE PROCEDURE

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
This is  Yacht Calamity,  Yacht Calamity,  Yacht Calamity,  call sign  Zulu-Zulu-Bravo-Alpha,  MMSI  234001234

Mayday  Yacht  Calamity  Zulu-Zulu-Bravo-Alpha,  MMSI  234001234
My Position is five-zero degrees, four-six decimal zero-two minutes north, zero-zero-one degree, one-seven minutes west
I am swamped in rough seas and sinking
I require immediate assistance
Five people on board
We are abandoning to liferaft
Over


NOTES for above:
International call sign is only an example; “Zulu-Zulu-Bravo-Alpha” would be written as “ZZBA”.

The numerals in the MMSI are spoken using the phonetic alphabet. The expression “MMSI” is not normally said using the phonetic alphabet.

The position in the above example would normally be written thus: 50° 46´·02 N  001° 17´ W
Valid CSS!Click to go to top of page