Re: Boat flags (fwd)
Chuck May (cmay01@INTERSERV.COM)
Sat, 31 Jan 1998 18:44:21 -0500
>Scouter Don and List,
>Interesting site. Only one flag did not have it's nautical meaning listed.
>The Romeo flag indicates that the ships involved are refueling. The Navy
>uses them, mostly.
Close, but not quite true. The BRAVO flag (all red) indicates that a ship is
fueling, or transferring ammunition or any other dangerous cargo.
The ROMEO is used in underway replenishment, to indicate readiness to come
alongside another ship, or to receive another ship alongside. Once the ships
are alongside each other, ROMEO is hauled down. BRAVO is only used in this
case if the transfer includes hazardous material.
When the transfer is done, ROMEO is used again to indicate readiness to
break away, and that break-away is in progress. It is hauled down when all
connections between the ships have been broken.
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