|Building Z-86, built 1947||1971
|Photos thanks to Dan Convery|
|" Traditionally, every Navy
activity adopts a command emblem for quick visual recognition.
Possibly the most widely recognized and endearing emblem is NCTAMS LANT's
"OSCAR." Oscar the Octopus depicts the dynamic environment of a
In 1947, at the request of Commander W. A. Swanston, USN, the Fifth Naval District Communication Officer, Walt Disney's artists conceived the design. Oscar was adopted as command emblem for our predecessor activity, the U.S. Navy Communication Station Norfolk, upon its establishment on 7 November 1950.
This insignia is intended to humorously convey the normal plight of a Navy communicator. When it was designed during the World War II era, Oscar's equipment was "state-of-the-art," allowing a proficient Morse Code operator to send 35 words per minute. While our communications technology and equipment have drastically changed, Oscar's expression still conveys NCTAMS LANT's philosophy of going the extra mile to provide our customers with the latest and best communications technology and services. NCTAMS LANT personnel have come to feel a special attachment to Oscar over the years and display the emblem proudly.
The original 2' by 3' Disney artwork is displayed in NCTAMS LANT's quarterdeck area, and replicated throughout the world by our present and former Navy communicators."
|Northwest Building 14
||Northwest facility map - 1979
||NCTAMSLANT Official Web Site||
NAVCAMS LANT (Norfolk) patch
1987 NAVCAMS LANT photos (from National Archives) - Building NH-51?
||ET3 Dellacroce and ET3 Shannan
||ET3 Smith and ET3 Cordell
|ET3 Curdal & ET3 Coleman -R-1051D
||Computer Center - note status board
||Lt. Northington, administrative legal officer
||Capt Rickett and RMCM Lauders
|Radioman 1st Class Maroney uses a teletype machine in the Technical Control Department at the Naval Telecommunications Center||Chief Radioman Rockwell sends information to the Air Force satellite (AFSAT) from the Technical Control Department at the Naval Telecommunications Center.||Radioman 2nd Class Harris and Radioman Seaman Holmes edit and verify incoming messages in the Message Center at the Naval Telecommunications Center.|
|Radioman 1st Class Maroney checks a circuit on the audio patch panels in the Technical Control Department at the Naval Telecommunications Center.||Radioman 2nd Class Lindely repairs a teletype machine in the Maintenance Department at the Naval Telecommunications Center.||--|
R 262002Z APR 02 PSN 222724I19
FM NCTAMS LANT NORFOLK VA//00//
TO CINCLANTFLT NORFOLK VA//N6//
COMNAVAIRLANT NORFOLK VA//N6//
COMNAVSURFLANT NORFOLK VA//N6//
COMSUBLANT NORFOLK VA//N6//
COMNAVREG MIDLANT NORFOLK VA
SUBJ/RETIREMENT OF NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS PROCESSING AND ROUTING SYSTEM
POC/HIGHT, E. A./CAPT/NCTAMS LANT/-/TEL:(757) 322-2103//
RMKS/NAVCOMPARS AT NCTAMS LANT WAS ACTIVATED IN MAY 1973 AND
REPRESENTED A COMPUTERIZED LEAP FORWARD IN NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS.
THIS NAVAL MESSAGE PROCESSING AND ROUTING SYSTEM FAITHFULLY SERVED
THE NAVY, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD AND MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND
UNITS DURING ITS ILLUSTRIOUS 29 YEAR CAREER. NAVCOMPARS HAS
SUPPORTED OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE VIETNAM
WAR. THE VERY FIRST MESSAGE SENT FROM NAVCOMSTA NORFOLK VA BY
NAVCOMPARS WAS CCDGFIVE PORTSVA 071612Z MAY 73, A SAFETY BROADCAST
MESSAGE PROTECTING THE FLEET. NAVCOMPARS RETIREMENT TIME HAS COME
AFTER DELIVERING OVER 8.7 BILLION MESSAGES. FMX/DUSC HAS BEEN CHOSEN
TO FILL ITS PLACE. THIS IS THE FINAL MESSAGE TO BE SENT ON
NAVCOMPARS FROM NCTAMS LANT. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS.//