Communications are of vital importance to a
shipboard organization and are sometimes referred to as
the voice of command. Without proper communication
among the different parts of the ship, the whole
organization could break down and fail in its mission.
Communications, as discussed in this chapter, are
grouped into two basic categoriesinterior and exterior.
Interior communications are concerned only with the
exchange of information between individuals, divisions,
and departments aboard a single ship or station. Exterior
communications deal with conveying information
between two or more ships, stations, or commands.
One of the most important communications
systems used aboard ship is the sound-powered
telephone. Sometime in your Navy career, you will
man a sound-powered telephone set. You must
become familiar with the proper usage and care of the
equipment. In addition, you must learn the correct
procedures used with the sound-powered telephone
system, including the use of the phonetic alphabet.
THE PHONETIC ALPHABET
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Identify the phonetic alphabet as applied to
It is easy to confuse the sounds of certain letters,
such as bee and dee, cee and zee. To avoid confusion, the
Navy requires that phonetic equivalents of letters be
spoken instead of the letters themselves.
The Navy has had a phonetic alphabet for many
years. From time to time, its been changed in attempts
to use words that would instantly bring to mind the letter
represented by the word. The phonetic alphabet
(table 4-1) was adopted by the armed forces of the
various NATO nations as a means of overcoming many
language difficulties. Each word is accented on the
A glance at a globe is all it takes to appreciate the meaning of control
of the sea in the nuclear age.
Admiral Arleigh Burke
In dee ah
JEW lee ett
no VEM ber
ROW me oh
see AIR rah
YOU nee form
Table 4-1.Phonetic Alphabet