US Navy Communication Stations

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  • NAVCOMSTA or NAVCOMMSTA or NAVCOMFAC  or NAVCOMMU
    Naval Communication Station or Naval Communication Facility or Naval Communications Unit - main control site and message handling centers
  • NAVRADSTA or NAVRADFAC  
    Naval Radio Station or Naval Radio Facility - transmitter (T) or receiver (R) remote sites
  • NRTF or NRRF 
    Naval Radio Transmitter Facility - transmitter site
    Naval Radio Receiver Facility - receiver site  
  • NAVSECGRU - Not covered on this web site - (DF & Interception sites) 

Click here for COMMSTA Equipment Page

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FRR-49 rcvrs at Wahiawa, HI
photo from TMC history web site
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FRR-38 and FRR-40 dual diversity receiver systems at Salinas, PR - 1968
photo thanks to George Langenbrunner
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FRT-40 transmitters at Barrigada, Guam
AN/UGC-6 teletype units
Message processing at Finegayan, Guam

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US Naval Communication System Circuits

Circuits, Traffic Handling, and Messages

Radio Ship-Shore Communication Circuits

1964 Fleet Broadcast Areas
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1957 Naval Communication System TTY Network
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Transportable Communication Stations

1954 "Shore-Based Communications" manual - NAVPERS 10891

COMMSTA Functional Organization Chart

COMMSTA Physical Organization Chart

COMMSTA Design and Construction - NAVELEX 0101,102 

COMMSTA Building Plans and Equipment Layout 
     - from 1956-60 NAVSHIPS 92675 "Handbook of Naval Shore Station Electronics Criteria"


US Navy Communication Stations - with links when known

  • Unknown Transmitter site - ID needed
  • Unknown Comm Sta - ID needed (Trailer-type - evidently not Nea Makri - maybe Kato Souli)
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  • AK - Kodiak (NOJ/NHB) - photos & info
    • AK - Buskin Lake transmitter site - Info and Photo Page
    • AK - Buskin Beach (Holiday Beach)  receiver site
    • AK - Kodiak VLF transmitter site
  • AK - Adak (NUB) - Info and Photo Page
    • AK - Mount Moffett transmitter site (NHC & NUD)
    • AK - Clam Lagoon receiver site
  • CA - San Francisco (NPG) - moved to Stockton (Rough & Ready Island) 1962
           1970's Stockton Photos
    • CA - Mare Island transmitter site (moved to Dixon) - photo
    • CA - NAVRADSTA(T) Dixon transmitter site - info, photos
    • CA - Skaggs Island (Sonoma) receiver site (NAP & NAG) - photos and info
  • CA - San Diego (NPL) -  early history and photos
    Comprehensive Naval Radio History of San Diego - by LT George Todd, USN RET - 115MB pdf
  • DC - Washington (NSS) patch, 1945 photo
    • DE - Lewes (NNQ) est. 1963
    • DE - Lewes - tropo link for CC ships (with Lola and Cape Cod) - Info & Photos 
  • FL - Key West (NAR) - now NAVCOMTELSTA JAX Detachment Key West - Info and Photo Page
    • FL - Boca Chica transmitter site changed to receiver site in 1969
    • FL - Saddlebunch Key transmitter site est. 1969
    • FL - Jacksonville - Info Page
  • HI -  Pearl Harbor (NPM) - history, history
  • IL - Great Lakes (NAJ) -closed 1958- early photo of towers
  • LA - New Orleans (NAT) -closed 1959
    • LA - Belle Chase receiver site
  • MA - Boston Navy Yard (NAD) - closed 1958
    • MA - Squantum transmitter & receiver site
    • ME - Otter Cliffs & Winter Harbor (NBD) receiver site
    • ME - Bass Harbor transmitter site
  • ME - Winter Harbor & Corea NSGA (NQC)
  • ME - Cutler VLF transmitter site (NAA) - Info and Photo Page
  • MI - Republic ELF transmitter site - photos, photo
  • ND - LaMoure VLF transmitter site (NML4) - info
  • NJ - Trenton 82B1 teletype automatic switching system - opened 1958
  • NJ - Cape May (NSD)
  • NY - Brooklyn Navy Yard (NAH) - closed 1958 - photos here
    • NY - Bellmore, Long Island receiver site
  • PA - Philadelphia (NAI) - closed 1958
  • RI - Newport (NAF) -  info
    • RI - Sachuest Point (Middletown) receiver site - Info and Photo Page
    • RI - Beavertail Point (Jamestown) transmitter site - Info and Photo Page
    • MA - NAVRADSTA Cape Cod (Otis AFB) - tropo link for CC ships - est 1968
  • SC - Charleston (NAO) - closed 1959
  • VA - Norfolk (NAM) - Info and Photo Page
    • VA - NAVRADSTA(R) Northwest receiver site - Receiver building floorplan
    • VA - NAVRADSTA(T) Driver (Monogram) transmitter site - info
    • NC - NAVRADSTA Lola (Atlantic, Cedar Island) - tropo link for CC ships (with Lewes & Cape Cod) - est 10/68, disestablished 1970 - article
  • WA - Puget Sound (NHB) patch
    • WA - Bremerton / Oak Harbor (NPC) - patch
    • WA - Battle Point transmitter site, Bainbridge Island - closed 1959 - photos
    • WA - Jim Creek (Arlington) VLF transmitter site (NLK) - Info and Photo Page  
    • WA - Marietta receiver site (NAVSECGRU only?)
  • WI - Clam Lake ELF transmitter site - info
  • Puerto Rico - (NAU)  Info and Photo Page
    • Puerto Rico - San Juan comm station
    • Puerto Rico - Fort Allen comm station
    • Puerto Rico - Roosevelt Roads comm station
    • Puerto Rico - Martin Pena transmitter site - 1950's photos
    • Puerto Rico - Isabela transmitter site
    • Puerto Rico - Carolina receiver site
    • Puerto Rico - Salinas receiver site
    • Puerto Rico - Aguada VLF transmitter site (NAU)
    • Puerto Rico - Sabana Seca receiver site (NAVSECGRU only?)
  • Cuba - Guantanamo Bay (NAW)
  • Panama - Ft. Amador, Balboa (NBA) - Info and Photo Page
    • NBA'ers web site
    • Panama - Summit transmitter site 
    • Panama - Gatun VLF transmitter site
    • Panama - Farfan receiver site
    • Inter-American Naval Telecommunications Network - web site
  • Bermuda
  • British West Indies - Trinidad
  • Canada - Argentia, Newfoundland - estab. 1963
  • Mariana Islands - Guam (NPN) - 
    Comprehensive Navy Radio History of Guam - by LT George Todd, USN RET - 59MB pdf
  • Midway Island - (NQM) - estab. 1963 - Info and Photo Page
  • Marshall Islands - Kwajalein
  • Japan - Yokosuka (NDT)
    • Japan - Totsuka (Totuka) VLF transmitter site - info, patch
    • Japan -Yosami (Yosomai) VLF transmitter site - info & photos 
    • Japan - Kamiseya (Kami Seya) receiver site
  • Japan - Okinawa - Futenma Marine Base - moved to Naha City in 1972, then Kadena - info
    • Japan - Okinawa - Awase transmitter site (transferred from Army/Air Force in 1966) - info, photos
    • Japan - Okinawa - NSGA Hanza receiver site
  • Korea - Chinhae - patch
  • Korea - Yongsan ATCU-100A - photos
  • Philippines (NPO) - 
  • Hong Kong
  • Vietnam - NAVCOMMSTA Saigon - 1963 Info
  • Vietnam - NAVCOMMSTA Cam Ranh Bay "Bow Line" 
                  - photos, history & many photos (alternative link)
  • Vietnam- NAVCOMMFAC Da Nang "Sea Anchor" 
    • Vietnam - Danang East "Triangle Building" comm center
    • Vietnam - Marble Mountain transmitter site
    • Vietnam - Monkey Mountain receiver site - sign
  • Vietnam - Binh Thuy Communications Detachment - patch
  • Thailand - U-Tapao ATCU-100
  • Australia - North West Cape (renamed Harold E. Holt), Exmouth (NWC) - Info and Photo Page
  • Iceland - Keflavik - info, patch
    • Iceland - Little Rock receiver site - info
    • Iceland - Rockville receiver site - info
    • Iceland - Grindavik transmittter site - info
  • Germany - Bremerhaven NAVCOMMU - Northeast Atlantic ship-shore traffic in 1950's
  • Great Britain - London England
  • Greece - Nea Makri control and receiver site (NGR) - closed 1990 - Info and Photo Page 
                  - patchweb site, cool alumni web site with 3D models
                  - antenna photos
  • Italy - Naples (NNI) - estab. 1962
    • 1963 - NAVCOMMUNIT Naples established at Bagnoli
    • 1968 - renamed NAVCOMMSTA Italy
    • Apr 76 - renamed NAVCAMS MED
    • Oct 91 - renamed NCTAMS MED
    • Oct 05 - renamed NAVCOMTELSTA NAPLES
  • Italy - Sicily
    • Sigonella Sicily - info, more info, patch
      • Aug 58 - COMM center established as part of NAF Sigonella..
      • Jul 72 - NAVCOMMDET Sigonella formed.
      • Apr 76 - renamed NAVCAMS MED DET Sigonella.
      • Oct 87 - renamed NAVCOMMSTA Sicily as its own command.
      • Oct 91 - renamed NAVCOMTELSTA Sicily.
    • Niscemi Sicily transmitter site
      • Oct 91 - NRTF Niscemi established on a large plateau in the south-central part of Sicily. with 41 HF transmitters and one 827 foot LF transmitter - info
  • Spain - Rota control and receiver site - estab. 1962 patch
    • 1993 became NCTAMS MED DET Rota
    • Spain - Moron transmitter site - estab. 1962
    • Spain - Guardamar Del Segura LF transmitter site - estab. 1962 
      - photos of transmitter & site
  • Ethiopia (Eritrea) - Asmara/Kagnew (NKA)  1948-1977 - web site
  • Morocco - Port Lyautey  - (NHY) - estab. 1947 - web site
  • Libya - Tripoli (NTM & BFT) NAVCOMMU Four- Mediterranean ship-shore traffic in 1950's
  • Saudi Arabia - Dhahrain NAVCOMMU - Arabian Sea ship-shore traffic in 1950's
  • Indian Ocean - Diego Garcia, BIOT (NKW) Photo and Info Page, patch
  • Antarctica - McMurdo Station (NGD) - photos from 1956-57

Pre-war COMMSTA photos page - includes several very early shots

 


Miscellaneous COMMSTA photos to be sorted later

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1970 Post Card "At the foot of Adagdak Volcano (Inactive), the US Naval Communication Station Adak, Alaska overlooks Clam Lagoon"

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Port Lyautey 1952
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Jim Creek
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Transmitter site - Barrigada, Guam
Note semicircular transmission line switchyards surrounding building-

 

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More COMMSTA patches, plaques, etc.