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Appendix A

Nautical Chart Symbols and Abbreviations


Army watercraft operators must be able to read and understand their charts rapidly and accurately. How much information they get from a chart will depend on how well they read the chart and interpret the various symbols and abbreviations. Even though there is little room on a chart, much information must be shown on a chart for the safe navigation of vessels. For this reason, symbols and abbreviations are used. Figure A-1 shows the contents page of Chart No. 1, Nautical Chart Symbols and Abbreviations. The symbols and abbreviations in this chart are approved for use on nautical charts and are used on charts published by the US. This chart is sold by National Ocean Service authorized sales agents or they can be found in many US ports and in some foreign ports. You can order copies of this chart from the National Ocean Service (Distribution Division) by writing to —

Distribution Division
National Ocean Service
6501 Lafayette Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737-1199

Orders should be accompanied by a check or money order payable to NOAA, Department of Commerce or by providing Visa or MasterCard information. Remittance from outside the United States should be made either by an International Money Order or by a check in US funds drawn on a US bank. Chart catalogs, that include a listing of authorized sales agents, are free upon request.

You can also order charts by telephone (Visa or MasterCard accepted) or by FAX.

Commercial: (301) 436-6990
TOLL FREE: 1-800-638-8972
FAX: (301) 436-6829



Figure A-1. Contents of Chart No. 1


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