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.
1 August 2020 at 11:26
Again, very interesting, loved it. Always look forward to your posts.
1 August 2020 at 12:17
Thank you Mario. I know this will be an enlightening and very interesting series. When I served (1964 – 1968) we had 5 intelligence ships. It will be fun reading about them and other ships engaged in SIGINT.
1 August 2020 at 16:00
Looking forward to this…former JimmyT sailor here.
1 August 2020 at 16:01
I spent 20 months on USS OXFORD (AG-159/AGTR-1) and 3 months on a TAD Det aboard USS TRINGA (ASR-16)
so your new series will definitely be of interest. Thank you (in advance).
1 August 2020 at 23:02
Perhaps you should change Doo Little raid to Doolittle raid. General Doolittle might not appreciate the way his name was spelled.
2 August 2020 at 01:54
Correction made. Thank you!
2 August 2020 at 02:46
Will this series include the 1033-class DEs which were converted for Pony Express telemetry intercept missions in the early 1970s?
2 August 2020 at 02:49
Will this series include the 1033-Class DEs that were converted for Pony Express telemetry collection missions in the early 1970s?
2 August 2020 at 02:51
Odd! first it tells me that my comment cannot be posted because I used an email address that was associated with another login—then it posts it anyway!