During World War II, the U.S. Navy used Naval officers trained as Japanese language officers and  highly trained radiomen as intercept operators that deployed on several large decks ships and battles ships to provide Indications and Warning (I&W) to fleet commanders before and during all the major battles in the Pacific – including…

the Doolittle Raid, Battle of Coral Sea, Battle of Midway, Battle of Iwo Jima, and the Battle of Okinawa and more.

With WWII behind the United States and the Cold-war getting hot, by the early 1950s United States Navy started to use combatant ships in a signal intelligence (SIGINT) collection role to provide I&W and to support national intelligence objectives.  A decade later these specialized SIGINT collection ships, converted from various types of naval auxiliaries, began to appear in the fleet deploying around the world.  The eight  part series starting tomorrow will focus these ships from the early 1950s to 1970.

I hope you enjoy this next Station HYPO series.

Mario Vulcano