Signal Flags and Pennants

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  1. What are 5 key features to all Flags and pennants?
    • - Fly
    • - Hoist
    • - Tabling
    • - Tail line
    • - Ring
  2. -Fly
    The fly is the length of a flag from the staff to the outside edge.
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  3. Hoist
    The hoist of the flag is the vertical width of a flag when flying free.
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  4. Tabling
    The tabling is the double thickness of canvas stitched on one end of the flag, normally on the hoist.
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  5. Tail line
    The tail line is the short length of line sewn into the tabling. It has a ring and snaphook spliced on the ends for joining line and it also represents a space in a flag hoist.
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  6. Ring
    The ring is attached to the top of the tabling and snaps into the tail line of the preceding flag or hook of the halyard.
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  7. What is the vertical width of the flag when it is flying free called?

    -Tail line
  8. Tackline
    The tackline is a 6-foot length of braided signal halyard with a ring at one end and a snap hook at the other. The tackline is used to separate signals or groups of numerals that, if not separated, could convey a meaning different from the intended one.
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  9. Reading a Flag Hoist
    Always read the flags of a hoist from the top to bottom.
    When two or more hoists are flying, read them from outboard to inboard, and from forward to aft. For signals hoisted at yardarms of different heights, read them beginning at the highest yardarm.
    The easiest way to remember the order is to always read flag hoists from top to bottom, outboard to inboard.
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  10. Types of Hoists


    A hoist is close-up when its top is touching the block at the point of hoist, that is, when the hoist is up as far as it will go
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  11. Types of Hoists

    At the dip
    A hoist is at the dip (or dipped) when it is hoisted three-fourths of the way up toward the point of hoist.
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  12. Types of Hoists

    Hauled down
    A hoist is hauled down when it is returned to the deck
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  13. How should you read a flag hoist? Choose 2

    -From bottom up
    -Outboard to inboard
    -Aft to forward
    -From top to bottom
    • From top to bottom
    • Outboard to inboard
  14. Specialty Flags and Pennants

    The most commonly used specialty pennants are:

    Port pennant – used to direct ships and boats for maneuvering
    Starboard pennant – used in the same manner as the port pennant; also indicates the Senior Officer Presently Afloat (SOPA) inport
    Code pennant – indicates the international use of the flag/pennant flown under it
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  15. Which pennant indicates the SOPA inport?

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  16. The international Code Alfa pennant and flag combination indicates that there are divers in the water. If the Alpha flag is followed by a numeral flag underneath, this indicates the distance, in hundreds of yards, to stay clear.
    For instance, the Code Alfa signal with the numeral five flag beneath it indicates other craft should remain clear by 500 yards.
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  17. The Bravo flag indicates either ammunition handling, fuel transfer, or gunnery exercise is being conducted. It is flown on the appropriate side of the ship.
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  18. The Foxtrot flag indicates that fixed wing flight quarters is being conducted.
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  19. The Hotel flag indicates that either helicopter flight operations are underway, or if displayed under the code pennant, that a harbor pilot is onboard.
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  20. Inport, the India flag, if flown at the dip, indicates that a ship is preparing to come alongside. If the flag is close-up, the ship is ready to come alongside. The flag is also flown on the side of the ship preparing to moor.
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  21. The Juliett flag is flown to indicate that the ship has a semaphore message to transmit.
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  22. The Kilo flag is flown for the following reasons:

    Kilo – indicates that personnel are working aloft
    Kilo One – indicates that personnel are working over the side
    Kilo Three – indicates that personnel are working aloft and over the side
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  23. The Mike flag, when flown over a number one flag, indicates that the ship has the medical guard duty. If it is flown over a number two flag, it indicates the ship has the dental guard duty.
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  24. The November flag flown by itself means "No," but when flown over a Charlie flag, it is an international call sign for distress. The Novemeber flag is also used as the first letter of US Navy ship call signs.
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  25. The Oscar flag signals that the ship has a man overboard. This flag is always ready at the break. At the break means that the flag is attached to the halyard and ready to be hoisted immediately.
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  26. The Papa flag is flown in the event the ship needs to recall all personnel back to the ship.
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  27. The Romeo flag, when flown from a ship inport, indicates that the ship is the ready boat/ship. When underway, it indicates that one ship is receiving another, as in a Underway Replenishment (UNREP).
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  28. The Sierra flag indicates that the ship is conducting signal drills. All signals received should be disregarded
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  29. When a ship is anchoring, mooring, or weighing anchor, it flies the Uniform flag.
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  30. The Yankee flag is flown from a ship inport that has the visual communication duty
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  31. Which of the following statements regarding number flags are correct?
    choose 2

    - Number flags one, two, and three have vertical stripes.
    - Number flags are used instead of alphabet flags and special pennants in flag signals.
    - Number flags have three standard colors: red, blue, and yellow.
    - Number flags are employed only in call signs.
    • Number flags have three standard colors: red, blue, and yellow.
    • Number flags are employed only in call signs.
  32. The boat recall signals are:

    QP0 – All boats
    QP1 – Admiral's barge or gig
    QP2 – Chief of staff's barge or gig
    QP3 – Staff gig or motor boats
    QP4 – Captain's gig
    QP5 – Boats under power
    QP6 – Boats under sail
    QP7 – Boats under oars
    QP8-QP50 – Reserved for local assignment by CO
    When the Quebec flag is at the bottom of the flag hoist, it means to execute immediately.
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  33. Storm Warning Flags and Pennants
  34. The small-craft warning is indicated by one red pennant displayed by day or a red light over a white light at night.
    The small craft warning flag and lights indicates that winds up to 33 knots (38 miles an hour) and/or sea conditions dangerous to small-craft operations are forecast for the area
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  35. The gale warning is indicated by two red pennants displayed by day or a white light above a red light at night.
    The gale warning flags and lights indicates that winds ranging from 34 to 47 knots (39 to 54 miles an hour) are forecast for the area
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  36. A storm warning is indicated by a single red flag with a black square center displayed by day or two red lights at night.
    The storm warning flags and lights indicates that winds 48 knots (55 miles an hour) or above are forecast for the area. If the winds are associated with a tropical cyclone (tropical storm), the storm-warning display indicates that winds ranging from 48 to 63 knots (55 to 73 miles an hour) are forecast
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  37. A hurricane warning is indicated by two red flags with black square centers displayed by day or a white light between two red lights at night.
    The hurricane warning flags and lights indicates that winds of 64 knots (74 miles an hour) or above are forecast for the area
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  38. As a storm front moves in, winds begin to exceed 74 miles per hour. What flag should you fly?

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Signal Flags and Pennants
Boatswain's Mate, NAVEDTRA 14343 FLAGS PENNANTS & CUSTOMS Allied Maritime Tactical Signal Book ATP 1 VOL 2
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