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April 2016

Remembering the Crew of EC-121 Beggar Shadow, April 15, 1969

On Monday, April 15, 1969 at 5:00 PM EST (1544Z), a Navy EC-121M reconnaissance aircraft (PR-21/BuNo 135749) of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) with a crew of 31, including nine Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) and Marine linguists, took off from Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan on a routine Beggar Shadow SIGINT collection mission over the Sea of Japan.  Continue reading “Remembering the Crew of EC-121 Beggar Shadow, April 15, 1969”

TBT – Got I&W?

Russian Fighters Buzz US Navy Destroyer

From NNS: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12.

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship.”

Video from the encounter can be found at the following link:



Designing the Future

Do you have an innovative idea that can impact Navy Cryptology, or the Navy as a whole?

Athena is seeking energetic, inspired, and forward-leaning intrapreneurs on a quest for organizational change to pitch at our  inaugural Athena DC event, in partnership with the Navy League, at the 2016 Sea Air Space Exposition.  

Join us at 7pm on Monday, May 16th at the Gaylord Center.  The event is free and open to all at the Sea Air Space Exposition and the DC area! Check the Sea Air Space event list / website for the specific room.  Don’t miss it!   

For more information, follow this link:

2016 Association of Old Crows Shore Unit Nominations

The Association of Old Crows annually presents awards to dedicated individuals and shore units in recognition of their outstanding contributions and achievements in Electronic Warfare (EW) and  Information Operations (IO).

The below message solicits nominations for the period JAN-DEC 2015.

Continue reading “2016 Association of Old Crows Shore Unit Nominations”

Corregidor Series 5 of 5: Corregidor Remembered By RADM Ralph Cook (First CNSG)

In April 1941, I was called to active duty as an Ensign and ordered to a special communication “Refresher” school in Los Angeles at the Naval Reserve Armory in Chevez Ravine.   I was one of about thirty reserve officers who qualified as communications officers for convoy duty. Continue reading “Corregidor Series 5 of 5: Corregidor Remembered By RADM Ralph Cook (First CNSG)”

Corregidor Series 4 of 5: COMINT Personnel Evacuated from Corregidor – Second and Third Group

On March 5, 1942, COMINCH sent a priority message to COMSIXTEEN (052220Z):

“Evacuate personnel of Radio Intelligence Unit soon as possible.  If space cannot be made available in submarine use any means of transportation to get them at least to Southern Philippines Take all steps possible to prevent loss of personnel of Radio Intelligence Unit.”

Continue reading “Corregidor Series 4 of 5: COMINT Personnel Evacuated from Corregidor – Second and Third Group”

Corregidor Series 3 of 5: COMINT Personnel Evacuated from Corregidor – First Group

During the night of February 4, 1942, the submarine USS SEADRAGON (SS-194)  made its way into Manila Bay and to the dock at Corregidor, where the first team consisting of four officers, LCDRs S.A Carlson, G.M. Richardson, LT R.J. Fabian (1) and ENS R.W. Lewis and 13 men embarked.  The submarine slipped out of the harbor in the early morning hours of February 5 and set sail for Java.  In addition to the Radio Intelligence party, she had picked up two tons of submarines spare parts, 23 torpedoes, and three other officers (one Army and two Navy) who were not identified.  The voyage was without incident and the party disembarked at Surabaya, Java on or about February 11.

Continue reading “Corregidor Series 3 of 5: COMINT Personnel Evacuated from Corregidor – First Group”

Corregidor Series 2 of 5: Corregidor Established

The move of Station “C” to Corregidor represented the conclusion of several years of plans, negotiations, and construction.  The original idea of moving the Radio Intelligence Station, as it was then called, was apparently first conceived by CINCAF, Admiral Upham, and the Asiatic Communication Intelligence (COMINT) Officer, LT Wenger, in 1933. Continue reading “Corregidor Series 2 of 5: Corregidor Established”

Corrigidor Series 1 of 5: The Beginning – From Olongapo to Corregidor

By the mid-1920s, several enterprising radiomen on Asiatic duty assignments on the USS ISABEL (PY-10), USS PITTSBURGH (CA-4), and the men in the 4th Marine Headquarters at Shanghai, China, had self-trained themselves to intercept radio traffic (kata kana) that was transmitted on Japanese Navy radio circuits.
Continue reading “Corrigidor Series 1 of 5: The Beginning – From Olongapo to Corregidor”

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