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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by jdc View Post
    I agree, but the thing which amused me was the inclusion of this code group, in a list of only 5 such codes, (JG, JH, SC, ZL, SN) in a main-stream sailing manual written in the 1970s (Stanford's Sailing Companion, 4th edition).
    seems unnecessary since we all have a copy of the “signal book” onboard
    Whats the authors background? Maybe navy?
    Last edited by knuterikt; 12-07-19 at 08:29.

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    I remember whilst being on the Beira Patrol one ship insisted that all communication was by flags using the 2 letter codes. Took ages as you are only supposed to hoist one message at a time.
    Peter

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Very confusing. According to my bible, the post-war Yachtsman's Weekend Book, SN means 'Pilot is coming out to you now or at time indicated'. OL means 'HEAVE-TO or I will open fire on you'.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by maxi77 View Post
    I remember whilst being on the Beira Patrol one ship insisted that all communication was by flags using the 2 letter codes. Took ages as you are only supposed to hoist one message at a time.
    Thats particularly annoying on a submarine.

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Thats particularly annoying on a submarine.

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    Very confusing. According to my bible, the post-war Yachtsman's Weekend Book, SN means 'Pilot is coming out to you now or at time indicated'. OL means 'HEAVE-TO or I will open fire on you'.
    There was a big revision of the “international code of signals” in 1969 the previous version was two volumes while the 1969 edition is only one volume.

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Thats particularly annoying on a submarine.
    It was my Mids yer on a frigate so at least back then we had real bunting tossers and a yeoman
    Peter

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Dah dah dah

    Dit dit dit dit.

    Blue Danube.


    Did they know that famous bloke off the Hood?

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    I've never been able to figure how Nelson sent "England expects ... " Was there a lot of flags? Several flag halyards? I feel sure that someone (many people?) here must know.

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    Default Re: 2 letter code Sierra November

    Quote Originally Posted by cpedw View Post
    I've never been able to figure how Nelson sent "England expects ... " Was there a lot of flags? Several flag halyards? I feel sure that someone (many people?) here must know.
    Maybe there's a two-flag code for it?
    And another one for 'England is mildly pessimistic about men doing their duty and anticipates hanging a few cowards.'

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