USS Northampton CLC-1 Task Fleet Command Ship
                                   CC-1 Command & Control Ship

1952 Northampton (CLC-1) Radio Equipment Diagrams

Construction began in 1944 as a Baltimore class cruiser but work halted at the end of WWII. Construction resumed in 1948 with radical alterations and launched in 1951. She was commissioned in 1953 as CLC-1 and became permanent home to Commander Striking Force Atlantic in 1957. In 1961 she was redesignated as CC-1 and served as a "national emergency command post afloat" (NECPA) until decommissioned in 1970 and then sold for scrap in 1977.

Distinguishing features:

photo caption says "as completed 1953", but antennas match 1963, so maybe "CC-1 as completed"
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1954
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1957
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1960
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1962 - high-res photo scan
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April 1962
postcard-cc1.jpg (56833 bytes) 1963 - New York City
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June 1964northhampton-02.jpg (677778 bytes) date? - high-res photo scan
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2/64? photos- Fort Lauderdale
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1966 LBJ visit to CC-1

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New tropo antenna installation - 1968-69??
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cc1-tropo-15.jpg (403631 bytes) early 1970 photo showing this antenna
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1956 CLC-1 Cruise Book Photos - Thanks to Doug at www.greatnavalimages.com 

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Radio Central - SRR-13 receivers
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Teletype Room - SRR-13 receivers
URA-8A converters
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Transmitter Room - AN/URT-3 RF Amp
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1960 CLC-1 Cruise Book Photos

"2 March - Aboard the second fleet flagship in the Norwegian Sea - USS Northampton set a phenomenal communications "first" during exercises held in this area on Sunday Feb 28, 1960. The communications team sent a radio teletype message which traveled both ways around the world simultaneously and was received back on the flagship in less than two seconds.
Commander H. Wade Miller, USN, NATO Communications officer for Vice Admiral Deutermann said "This drill was not planned in advance and was set up by regular watches. All stations were alerted in less than thirty minutes. We sent out two messages simultaneously - one going west and one going east. Both messages were the same."
The shore communications stations for this unheralded feat were located in Puerto Rico, Washington DC, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Japan, Philippines, Asmara Turkey, Port Lyautey French Morocco, and Londonderry Ireland. Commander Hiller said that to the best of his knowledge this has never been done before by any ship at sea.
The message that encircled the world was: "THIS IS AN AROUND THE WORLD TEST WITH COMSECONDFLT IN NORTHAMPTON OFF COAST OF NORWAY AT SIXTY TWO NORTH ZERO FOUR EAST SENDING AND RECEIVING HIS OWN SIGNAL IN APPROXIMATELY TWO SECONDS..." The message went on to name the stations participating in the test.
Northampton was awarded the Navy's Green "C" for Outstanding Communications during the fiscal year 1959."

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AN/URA-8A RATT converters
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AN/SRR-11 & AN/SRR-13 receivers

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Norway's King Olaf V visits R-390A receivers.
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1962 CC-1 Cruise Book Photos

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1965 CC-1 Cruise Book Photos

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R-390A, CV-157
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Model 28 TTY
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OR Division
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OR Division
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AN/SRR-13
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AN/WRR-2
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ETs
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April 1964 - tropo scatter antenna replacement at Norfolk
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Sleeve antenna & forward mast
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  • March 1964 - off Virginia Capes
  • April 1964 - Norfolk - tropo scatter antenna replacement
  • May 1964 - New York City, Norfolk, Newport, Boston
  • June 196 4- off Virginia Capes, Norfolk
  • June-October 1964 - Norfolk - extensive overhaul
  • November 1964 - Guantanamo, training exercises, Montego Bay, San Juan
  • December 1964 - Norfolk
  • January 1965 - off Virginia Capes
  • February 1965 - Fort Lauderdale
  • March 1965 - off Virginia Capes, Norfolk
  • April 1965 - New York City
  • May 1965 - Annapolis

 


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