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November 2020

Find and Fix: Direction Finding in the Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 4 of 5)

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: 

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USS Oxford: The Largest Producer of SIGINT in the Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 3 of 5)

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 (Part 2 of 5)

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 (Part 1 of 5)

“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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How Shipboard Readiness Impacted Filming for The Hunt for Red October (Guest Post)

By Captain Bryan Lopez, USN (Ret)

The recent passing of Sean Connery brought me back to his memorable role as the Russian Typhoon-class submarine Captain, Marko Ramius in the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s blockbuster novel, The Hunt Red October.

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FY-21 ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY E7 ADVANCEMENT SELECTION BOARDS RESULTS (CRYPTOLOGY)

Congratulations to the following cryptologic personnel who have been selected for advancement to chief petty officer by the FY-21 Active-Duty Navy E7 Selection Boards. 

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