USS Wright CC-2 Command & Control Ship

SVLF - Shipboard Very Low Frequency
Wright had a 250kw (275kw?) VLF transmitter with a 10,000 ft. wire antenna which was hoisted by a manned but remote-controlled Kaman QH-43G helicopter (or by a balloon)
   - Photo of helicopter (Kaman QH-43G) used to lift 10,000' antenna

5/11/63 Command Ship WRIGHT Commissioned

The Navy's second fully-equipped mobile command post, command ship USS Wright (CC-2), was commissioned on May 11, 1963 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. The first of the command ship class is Northampton (CC-1), currently operating with the Fleet. The auxiliary aircraft transport Saipan is being converted to CC-3 at Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company in Mobile, Alabama [ed. note - Saipan was instead converted to AGMR-2]. Wright is also a converted auxiliary transport.

The principal speaker at Wright's commissioning was Rear Admiral Allan L. Reed, USN, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Operations and Readiness.

The mission of the command ship class is to provide command and control facilities which will contribute to the defense of the United States through the world-wide communications facilities of the ship. To provide fully-equipped mobile command posts to top echelon commands and staffs, Wright will go to sea with the most extensive communication facilities ever placed aboard a U. S. Naval vessel. Wright's "voice of Command" can be sent to any ship, aircraft or station anywhere in the world.

Wright's command spaces have facilities for theater-type presentations similar to command posts ashore, including projection equipment and huge motion picture screens. An entire wall is used to display large status boards and maps which are mounted on tracks and can be quickly rolled into view. Overall packaging of the operational control spaces calls for rooms for war operations, plotting, chart and graphics, emergency action, briefings and conferences.

On the ship's antenna deck are mounted the largest and most powerful transmitting antennas ever installed on a U. S. Naval vessel. Over 200 officers and men are assigned to operate and maintain these antennas and the associated radio and communication equipment.

An entire room is given over to the ship's teletype printers, which can each record incoming messages at 100 words a minute. Wright can handle as many messages in a day as a major shore based communications station.

More than 1,720 personnel are expected to man Wright when the vessel joins the Fleet. This number includes prospective commands and staffs.

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Artist's Concept of CC-2
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1963 - hi-res photo scan
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1963 -hi-res photo scan
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Hi-res photo scan
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The 4 photos below are after extensive antenna changes in 1965 or 66 - the dish on the black mast is the tropo link antenna.
hi-res photo scan
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hi-res photo scan
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1968 article - Autodin
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Go here for complete set of 1965 plans

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