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MEDITERRANEAN SEA CHAIN

The Mediterranean Sea Chain was the first operational LORAN-C chain. It was decalred operational on 25 MAR 1959. The target date was set for January 1, 1959 however because delay by the production manufacturer the equipment was delivered late 1958. The stations (Sellia Marina, Matratin, Kargabarun) were on air testing in February 1959. The fourth station, Estartit, was to be completed in 1960 however because of construction delays the station was ready for operations in 1961 however there was objections to the radio spectrum. This issue was resolved and the station operational on-air in October 1962. Pending approval for on-air operation, August 1961 to October 1962 the station was used for testion skywave reception. LMS Rhodes was operational with the original three transmitting stations. U.S. involvement ceased December 1994.

Project Code name: TACK
TACK I - Sellia Marina (Simeri Crichi); TACK II - Kargabarun (Targabarun); TACK III - Matratin TACK IV-B - Estartit (Estartit was the second selected site location - the first was on the southern French coast)

03 APR 1958 - Request Rights of Entry to be obtained - pdf

 

1959 - 1962

SELLIA MARINA - KARGABARUN - MATRATIN - LMS RHODES

31 MAR 1959 - Admiral Burke Congratulations Speed Letter - pdf

04 DEC 1961 - Loran-C information; forwarding of (Hydrographer to Naval Italy) - pdf

02 APR 1962 - Eastern Mediterranean Sea Loran-C-Net; Check of Secondary Phase Corrections - pdf

1962 - 1970

SELLIA MARINA - KARGABARUN - MATRATIN - ESTARTIT - LMS RHODES - LMS SARDINA

MAY/JUN 1969 - Mediterranean Sea Loran-C Calibration - pdf

1970 - 1972

SELLIA MARINA - KARGABARUN - ESTARTIT - LMS RHODES - LMS SARDINA

 

1972 - 1977

SELLIA MARINA - KARGABARUN - ESTARTIT - LAMPEDUSA - LMS RHODES - LMS SARDINA

 

1977 - 1993

SELLIA MARINA - KARGABARUN - ESTARTIT - LAMPEDUSA

 

1993 - 1994

SELLIA MARINA - LAMPEDUSA - ESTARTIT