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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology


November 2015

Remembering CTRCS David "Blake" McLendon

CTRCS David “Blake” McLendon
November 29 1979 – September 21 2010
“I Fought the Good Fight”

From his earliest days, Senior Chief David “Blake” McLendon was aware of brave individuals who had devoted their lives to the service of their country. His hometown of Thomasville, Georgia, as well as the surrounding county, is named after Jett Thomas, an accomplished U.S. Army officer in the War of 1812.

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17 November 1962: A Letter of Commendation and Thanks

The following is an excerpt from a previously classified letter written by Admiral Robert Dennison (CINCLANTFLT, 1960-1963) to Lieutenant General Gordon A. Blake (DIRNSA, 1962-1965) on 17 November 1962 regarding the contribution of SIGINT during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Find and Fix: Direction Finding in the Cuban Missile Crisis

The high frequency direction finding (HFDF) fix in the above message was one of many prosecuted by dozens of U.S. Navy, British, and Canadian direction finding stations in the Atlantic periphery on the days following the President’s initiation of a naval blockade.  Matthew M. Aid, in his book, The Secret Sentry, writes: Continue reading “Find and Fix: Direction Finding in the Cuban Missile Crisis”

Happy Thanksgiving!

To those of you on watch, we thank you for your service.

For those of you fortunate enough to be home, enjoy the time with your family.

From the team at Station HYPO,

Happy Thanksgiving!

USS Oxford: The Largest Producer of SIGINT in the Cuban Missile Crisis

The USS Oxford (AG 159) was originally commissioned a Miscellaneous Auxiliary ship in July 1961 in New York.  She was immediately outfitted to participate in the National Security Agency’s Technical Research Ship (TRS) program — though she would not be redesignated an Auxiliary Technical Research Ship (AGTR-1) until years later in 1964.

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Thirteen Days? The Naval Security Group in the Cuban Missile Crisis


History has recorded the Cuban Missile Crisis as having occurred October 16, 1962 – October 28, 1962:  a total of thirteen days.  October 16th being the day after photographic intelligence confirmed the existence of Soviet medium-range ballistic missiles in Cuba and October 28th being the day Khrushchev directed the dismantling, and return, of offensive weapons in Cuba.   In reality, the story began long before October 1962.

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The Vindication of Right: Battlespace Awareness in the Cuban Missile Crisis


“Our goal is not the victory of might but the vindication of right-not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this Hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved.” — JFK

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Honoring Rear Admiral Don H. McDowell, 35th CNSG

Rear Admiral Don McDowell

Rear Admiral McDowell was born in Evansville, Indiana on 21 November 1930.  After graduation from Indian University in 1953, where he received his AB degree, he entered the Naval Officer Candidate Program at Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned Ensign in June 1954.

Remembering CTTC Christian Michael. Pike

CTTC Christian Michael Pike                  November 19, 1981 – March 13, 2013

CTTC Christian M. Pike was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1981, thousands of miles from American shores, but he discovered at an early age he was part of a family that had a distinguished legacy of service within the United States military.  His maternal grandfather had served in the Navy in World War II.  His uncle, who became a major influence in his life, retired as a colonel in the Green Berets.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, his mother Diana spent over a decade in the U.S. Army’s cryptologic service.

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