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NATO Phonetic Alphabet

Phonetic Alphabet &  Morse Code Tables

Welcome (Whiskey Echo Lima Charlie Oscar Mike Echo) to ADDucation’s phonetic alphabet and Morse code reference charts. The NATO phonetic alphabet* is the most commonly used but we have included other British and American phonetic alphabets. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) phonetic alphabet is still used, with some variations, by the LAPD and other US agencies despite the introduction of the NATO alphabet.

Most of us have heard, or use, some of these words to spell out words over the telephone. They’re all designed to make words and numbers understandable in voice communications. We’ve also included the Morse code alphabet which is made up of dots and dashes (pronounced “dit” and “dah“. Use the Morse code table to Learn to spell your name on Morse code Day.

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LetterNATO AlphabetPronunciationMorseLAPDRAF* (WWII*)Old UK*
AAlphaAL fah• –AdamAppleAbel
BBravoBRAH voh– • • •BoyBeerBaker
CCharlieCHAR lee– • – •CharlesCharlieCharlie
DDeltaDELL tah– • •DavidDogDog
EEchoECK ohEdwardEdwardEcho
FFoxtrotFOKS trot• • – •FrankFreddyFox
GGolfGOLF– – •GeorgeGeorgeGeorge
HHotelHOH tell• • • •HenryHarryHow
IIndia / IndigoIN dee ah• •IdaIn/Indigo)Item
JJulietJEW lee ett• – – –JohnJohnny/Jug)Jig
KKiloKEY loh– • –KingKingKing
LLimaLEE mah• – • •LincolnLoveLove
MMikeMIKE– –MaryMotherMike
NNovemberNo VEM ber– •NoraNutsNan
OOscarOSS cah– – –OceanOrangeOboe
PPapapah PAH• – – •PaulPeterPeter
QQuebecKeh BECK– – • –QueenQueenQueen
RRomeoROW me oh• – •RobertRoger/RobertRoger
SSierrasee AIR rah• • •SamSugarSugar
TTangoTANG goTomTommyTare
UUniformYOU nee form• • –UnionUncleUncle
VVictorVIK tah• • • –VictorVic/VictorVictor
WWhiskeyWISS kee• – –WilliamWilliamWilliam
XX-RayECKS ray– • • –X-rayX-RayX-Ray
YYankeeYANG kee– • – –YoungYorkerYoke
ZZuluZOO loo– – • •ZebraZebraZebra

* The NATO phonetic alphabet is formally referred to as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also known as the phonetic spelling alphabet, ICAO radiotelephonic and the ITU radiotelephonic or phonetic alphabet. Old UK refers to pre-NATO Britain. RAF refers to the British Royal Air Force and WWII refers to World War 2.

NumberNATO NumbersPronunciationMorseLAPDIMO* WordPronunciation
0ZeroZee-row– – – – –NadazeroNah Dah Zee Row
1OneWun• – – – –OneUnaoneOo Nah Wun
2TwoToo• • – – –TwoBissotwoBees Soh Too
3ThreeTree• • • – –ThreeTerrathreeTay Rah Tree
4FourFow-err• • • • –FourKartefourKar Tay Fow Er
5FiveFife• • • • •FivePantafivePan Tah Fife
6SixSix– • • • •SixSoxisixSok See Six
7SevenSev-en– – • • •SevenSettesevenSay Tay Sev En
8EightAit– – – • •EightOktoeightOk Toh Ait
9NinerNine-er– – – – •NinerNoveninerNo Vay Nine Er

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* International Maritime Organization

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