Dakar Rally code words

With a staff of around 100 working on the event and 57 nationalities represented in each bivouac, understanding one another isn’t always plain sailing!

To facilitate communication between all these people, the Dakar’s organisers use a derivative of NATO’s phonetic alphabet to spell out words or designate different entities of their operation.

For example, if you hear “Allo Papa Charlie à Tango” it means the command centre is calling a medical vehicle. ‘Quebec’ is the word used for the helicopters which monitor the event, ‘Mike’ means medical helicopter, ‘Sierra’ refers to the official TV organisation, ‘Lima’ signifies the trucks which carry the bivouac gear, ‘Echo’ is the call sign for the organisers’ 4x4 vehicles and ‘Whisky’ alludes to the buses in which the Dakar teams sleep…

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