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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology

The Only Female Naval Cryptologist KIA

Shannon Kent is the only female naval cryptologist killed in action in the history of the United States!  From the beginning of the Naval Security Group through FCC/C10F there have been a total of 93 cryptologists killed in action.

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The Cost of Freedom: Remembering CTI3 Patrick R. Price, USN, KIA, Mediterranean

On January 25, 1987 Ranger 12, an EA-3B “Whale” (BuNo 144850) belonging to VQ-2, was lost while attempting to land on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).  Ranger 12 was returning from an operational mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and crashed off the Nimitz’s flight deck.

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Remembering the Capture of USS Pueblo (AGER 2), January 23, 1968

The text of this narration, written by LCDR Ron Samuelson, is based entirely upon the recollections of Communications Chief James Kell, USN.

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A Campaign to Name a U.S. Warship – USS Shannon M. Kent!

Shipmates and friends,

On January 16, 2019, CTICS(IW/EXW) Shannon M. Kent was killed in action in Manbij, Syria while supporting Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolved.  She is the only female cryptologist killed in action in the history of naval cryptology, leaving behind two small children and a husband.

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The Story and Plaintext Message

The first installment of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Gold Bug” appeared in “The Dollar” newspaper in Philadelphia on June 21, 1843.

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Break This Encrypted Message

Given the key can you break the message?

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