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The Phonetic Alphabet is the primary naming system used for small vessels. The UNSC's alphabet is largely derived from the 20th Century NATO Phonetic Alphabet, albeit with "Golf" replaced with "Gamma".

Letter Code word Pronunciation IPA from ICAO
A Alfa (ICAO, ITU, IMO, FAA)
Alpha (ANSI)
AL FAH pronounced ˈælfɑ
B Bravo BRAH VOE pronounced ˈbrɑːˈvo
(sic)
C Charlie CHAR LEE  or
SHAR LEE
pronounced ˈtʃɑːli
(sic)  or
pronounced ˈʃɑːli (sic)
D Delta DELL TAH pronounced ˈdeltɑ
E Echo ECK OH pronounced ˈeko
F Foxtrot FOKS TROT pronounced ˈfɔkstrɔt
G Gamma GAM MAH
H Hotel HO TELL (ICAO)
HOH TELL (ITU, IMO, FAA)
pronounced hoːˈtel
I India IN DEE AH pronounced ˈindiˑɑ
J Juliett (ICAO, ITU, IMO, FAA)
Juliet (ANSI)
JEW LEE ETT pronounced ˈdʒuːliˑˈet
K Kilo KEY LOH pronounced ˈkiːlo
L Lima LEE MAH pronounced ˈliːmɑ
M Mike MIKE pronounced mɑik
N November NO VEM BER pronounced noˈvembə
(sic)
O Oscar OSS CAR pronounced ˈɔskɑ
P Papa PAH PAH pronounced pəˈpɑ
Q Quebec KEH BECK pronounced keˈbek
R Romeo ROW ME OH pronounced ˈroːmiˑo
S Sierra SEE AIR RAH (ICAO, ITU, IMO)
SEE AIR AH (FAA)
pronounced siˈerɑ
T Tango TANG GO pronounced ˈtængo
(sic)
U Uniform YOU NEE FORM  or
OO NEE FORM
pronounced ˈjuːnifɔːm
(sic)  or
pronounced ˈuːnifɔrm
V Victor VIK TAH pronounced ˈviktɑ
W Whiskey WISS KEY pronounced ˈwiski
X X-ray or
Xray
ECKS RAY (ICAO, ITU)
ECKS RAY (IMO, FAA)
pronounced ˈeksˈrei
Y Yankee YANG KEY pronounced ˈjænki
(sic)
Z Zulu ZOO LOO pronounced ˈzuːluː
0 Zero (FAA)
Nadazero (ITU, IMO)
ZE RO (ICAO, FAA)
NAH-DAH-ZAY-ROH (ITU, IMO)
1 One (FAA)
Unaone (ITU, IMO)
WUN (ICAO, FAA)
OO-NAH-WUN (ITU, IMO)
2 Two (FAA)
Bissotwo (ITU, IMO)
TOO (ICAO, FAA)
BEES-SOH-TOO (ITU, IMO)
3 Three (FAA)
Terrathree (ITU, IMO)
TREE (ICAO, FAA)
TAY-RAH-TREE (ITU, IMO)
4 Four (FAA)
Kartefour (ITU, IMO)
FOW ER (ICAO, FAA)
KAR-TAY-FOWER (ITU, IMO)
5 Five (FAA)
Pantafive (ITU, IMO)
FIFE (ICAO, FAA)
PAN-TAH-FIVE (ITU, IMO)
6 Six (FAA)
Soxisix (ITU, IMO)
SIX (ICAO, FAA)
SOK-SEE-SIX (ITU, IMO)
7 Seven (FAA)
Setteseven (ITU, IMO)
SEV EN (ICAO, FAA)
SAY-TAY-SEVEN (ITU, IMO)
8 Eight (FAA)
Oktoeight (ITU, IMO)
AIT (ICAO, FAA)
OK-TOH-AIT (ITU, IMO)
9 Nine (FAA)
Novenine (ITU, IMO)
No 'r' in spellings
NIN ER (ICAO, FAA)
NO-VAY-NINER (ITU, IMO)

Uses in HaloEdit

  • Pelican dropships are identified by a serial number consisting of one letter from the Phonetic Alphabet and three numbers. Examples: Echo 419, Victor 933, Bravo 022, Kilo 023 (Pelican).
  • The Halos are identified by Phonetic letters. Examples: Alpha Halo, Delta Halo.
  • Bumblebee lifepods have serial numbers using three letters from the Phonetic alphabet.
  • Marines use them in place of abbreviations in the field for weapons, vehicles, units, enemies and sometimes common sayings.
    • A nickname for Brutes on the field is "Baby Kong." Marines often say "Bravo-Kilo" instead, usually in interviews or testimonials.
    • The saying "Echo-Tango" meaning ET (Extraterrasterial), is often used to describe Elites.
    • Dutch uses "Oscar-Mike", meaning "on the move." Also he is often heard using "Mike-Foxtrot" as self-imposed censorship for "mother fucker." in Halo 3: ODST
  • Spartans have used "Sierra" as part of their codename.
  • Dr. Catherine Halsey used the Phonetic alphabet to construct an alias matching her initials ("Charlie Hotel") in the epilogue of Halo: Contact Harvest.

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