... all requiring months to provide before the communication center can
function. Circuits are required to forward and rear bases, to other theaters and to the
United States. Necessitating numerous radio transmitters, receivers, and special equipment
to be installed. Then, as the operations advance, the whole wary process must be repeated.
Recovery of all plant in impossible. Disassembly, and shipment of delicate apparatus
increases damage and loss.
Could an entire self-contained communcation center be picked up bodily
and moved? Watch!
Into an island harbor steam tugs, towing five efficient looking ships.
They are anchored -- three near the headquarters area, two more several miles away across
the bay. Masts come erect, antenna wires in place. Powerful diesel generators are started.
Trained men board the ships. 48 hours after the ships come to rest, messages flow smoothly
and quickly to key points.
Operators on Receiver Two pound out traffic, keying their transmitters
through VHF links. Q section men on Receiver One feed teletype tape into
transmitter-distributors, radio teletype transmitters on Transmitter One five miles away
follow each teletype character. Typed tape appears at the other end 14,000 miles away.
Through this seaborne center could pass one million code groups every
Shifts change: supervisors, operators and attendents leave their
compact, bright, well-ventilated positions, board the motor-tender, and are taken to the
quarters ship. On board this spacious ship is every facility for quarters, mess, and
administration. Comfortable men efficient operation.
General MacArthur's sea and air power ranges forward.
Bases once of major importance are now too far to the rear. Behind us now
lies a trail of not dollars, but material-man-hours, ship tons in irrecoverable
This time: While seaborne communication center No. 1 carries the ball at
base "N", seaborne center No. 2 is already on its way to base "N + 1"!
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