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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology

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December 2019

Thank You for Stopping By!

Thank you for stopping by in 2019 as we celebrated the past, present, and future of Navy Cryptology together. We hope you enjoyed reading just as much was we enjoyed maintaining Station HYPO.

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September 24, 1914, Early Interest in Japanese Communications

On September 24, 1914, the Captain of the Cavite ship yard on the Philippine Islands sent a letter to the commandant providing details of radio wave propagation and indicated an early interest in Japanese radio codes and a suggestion for extra pay for operators who become proficient in the Japanese language.    Continue reading “September 24, 1914, Early Interest in Japanese Communications”

Remembering VADM Russell Willson, First Commander to Lead Navy Cryptologists

VADM Russell Willson biography follows:

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Merry Christmas

Sailors aboard the USS Yorktown (CV 10) enjoy Christmas in their own way at sea, December 22, 1944. Department of Defense. U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives

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Lessons from the Capture of USS Pueblo and Shootdown of US Navy EC-121—1968 and 1969

OTD 51 years ago the crew of the USS PUEBLO (AGER-2) were released after 338 days in captivity in North Korea.  The following is the lessons learned for the USS from the Capture of the USS Pueblo and Shootdown of U.S. Navy EC-121:

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The Green Door

Depicted in the featured picture by Bacon is the Green Door, known by Cryptologists for years as the door that leads into the SSES or other Cryptologic work spaces.  But where did the term originate from? Continue reading “The Green Door”

Remembering CAPT Forrest R. Biard, Japanese Linguist and Code Breaker!

CAPT Forrest R. “Tex” Biard
December 21, 1912 – November 2, 2009

CAPT Biard’s amazing story follows:

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A shipboard COMINT Mission: May 1933 – June 1934

Prior to 1932, OP-20-G, the Code and Signal Section, a Division of Naval Communications was focused on intercepting VLF and LF Japanese Imperial Fleet communications that originated out of the Japanese Naval Ministry in Tokyo as well as HF point-to-point circuits between major navy radio stations throughout Japan.  Continue reading “A shipboard COMINT Mission: May 1933 – June 1934”

CORONA Program

Curious how the famed Star Catchers with the CORONA program recovered the film capsules on their return to Earth? Check out this illustration showing the four steps a C-119J took for a midair parachute and capsule recovery.

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