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LORAN STATION GESASHI

LORAN A
26 36 26.22 N 128 09 07.48 E (2S7)
26 36 16.91 N 128 09 05.31 E (2H5, 2H6)
26 36 16.910 N 128 09 05.310 E (2H5, 2H6)

LORAN C
26 36.4 N 128 08.9 E (Oct 1, 1964)
26 36 24.990 N 128 08 56.210 E (WGS-72)
26 36 25.110 N 128 08 56.999 E (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

Construction Date

Constructed by:

Established: LORAN A: 1964
LORAN C: 161130Z NOV 1963 - Commissioned

Disestablished: LORAN A: MAR 1997
LORAN C: SEP 1993 - Transfer to host nation

Operated by: LORAN A:
USCG 1964 – 31 DEC 1977
JAPAN 1 JAN 1978 – 10 MAR 1997

Chain: LORAN A: JAPAN
LORAN C:
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
EAST ASIAN

Station Letter designation: LORAN A: 2H5, 2H6, 2S7 – “E”

LORAN C:
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
SS-0, SS-3, 9970, “X”
7730, “Y”

EAST ASIAN
5970, “Z”

Station code name: LORAN C:
WING IV – NWPACM
PACE I – 1962 SEASIA Chain/Cancelled 1963 - not implemented

Station Unit Number: 14-Z40179
FPO 98770

Radio Call Sign:

Station aka:

On-air testing date: LORAN A:
1964

LORAN C:
PACIFIC NORTHWEST:
25 JUL 1963 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
17 MAR 1964 - HOKKAIDO, MARCUS
21 DEC 1964 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP

Operational date: LORAN A:
1964

LORAN C:
21 JAN 1964

Operations Ceased: LORAN A:
31 DEC 1977 - station and operations transferred to host nation
10 MAR 1997 - host nation phase out operations

LORAN C:
SEP 1993 - Transfer to host nation

Station Operation: LORAN A:
1964 – 31 DEC 1977 - Triple SLAVE/SECONDARY (TS)
01 JAN 1978 – 1997 – Single MASTER/Double SECONDARY (SM, DS)

LORAN C:
Double SLAVE/SECONDARY – “X"/"Y" & "Z"

Station pair: LORAN A:
2H5 - MIYAKO JIMA 1964 – MAR 1997
2H6 – IWO JIMA 1964 – 1977
2S7 – NOMAIKE 1964 – 1997
2H6 – HACHIJO 1978 – 1997

LORAN C:
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
SS-3, 9970  - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
7930 - HOKKAIDO, MARCUS, YAP
9970 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP*, BARRIGADA* Replaced YAP in 1987

EAST ASIAN
5970 - POHANG, HOKKAIDO, KWANJU, OSAN

Loran Rate: LORAN A:
2S7, 2H5, 2H6

LORAN C:
PACIFIC NORTHWEST: SS-3, 9970, 7930
EAST ASIAN, 5970

On-Air: LORAN A:
2H5, 1964 MIYAKO JIMA
2H6, 1964 IWO JIMA
2S7, 1964 NOMAIKE
2H6, 1978 HACHIJO

LORAN C:
SS-3, 21 JAN 1964 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
SS-0, 25 MAY 1964 - HOKKAIDO, MARCUS
SS-3, 1 JAN 1965 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
9970, 25 FEB 1975 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
7930. 210300Z FEB 1981 - HOKKAIDO, MARCUS, YAP
9970, 310700Z MAR 1981 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP
9970, 1987 - HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, BARRIGADA

Off-Air LORAN A:
2H5, 10 MAR 1997 MIYAKO JIMA
2H6, 312400Z DEC 1977 IWO JIMA
2S7, 10 MAR 1997 NOMAIKE
2H6, 10 MAR 1997 HACHIJO

LORAN C:
SS-3 JAN 1964
SS-0, MAR 1964 Tower fell at IWO & YAP
SS-3, 21 DEC 1964 – Tower erected at IWO & YAP
SS-3, 25 FEB 1975 – Change chain designation
9970, 202300Z FEB 1981 – Tower maintenance @ IWO
7930, 310300Z MAR 1981 – Tower maintenance complete @ IWO
9970, 1987 – YAP Off air replaced by BARRIGADA
9970, SEP 1993 - Transfer to host nation
Monitor Rate:

Equipment: LORAN A:
AN/FPN-30, T-325C, AM-1700

LORAN C:
AN/FPN-44/46, 400Kw
Clarinet Pilgrim installed 1968
AN/FPN-45

Antenna Type: LORAN A:

LORAN C:
625ft TLM, Wind Turbine, Model 6000s, 1963
Commando Lion 1970's - 625ft TLM, Trylon, Model 6000s

Personnel Allowance: 1 ETC, 2 ET1, 3 ET2, 4 ET3

Mascot: 1966 - Sam & Shackles
? - 1979 Commodore Nate

Miscellaneous: LORAN A:
1964 - Station operations transferred from Ichi Hanare
1 JAN 1978 - Station transferred to host nation

LORAN C:
13 AUG 1962  Site Survey Report declassified
1964 Chain reconfigured due to Iwo and Yap tower failures

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
LORAN A/C:
1st CO: LT Bob Gardner 1963 - 1964
2nd CO: LTJG N H Harold 1964 – AUG 1965
3rd CO: LTJG J H Lightner SEP 1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG W J Noonan APR 1968 - APR 1969
CO: LTJG Richard W Wright APR 1969 – 08 APR 1970
CO: LTJG David H Lyon 08 APR 1970 – APR 1971
CO: LTJG Timothy Cenna APR 1971 – APR 1972
CO: LTJG Terrance M Edwards APR 1972 – 05 APR 1973
CO: LTJG Charles Bell 05 APR 1973 - 1974
CO: LTJG Patterson 1974 - 1975
CO: LTJG C K Watanabe 1977 – 1978

LORAN C:
CO: LTJG Winslow 1978 - 1979
CO: LTJG Paul Prince 1979 - 1980
CO: LTJG Wayne Collins 1980 - 1981
CO: LTJG David Medina 1981 - 1982
CO: LTJG Edward Wieliczkiewicz 1982 - 1983
CO: LTJG Mark Northrup 1983 - 1984
CO: LTJG Sue Englebert 1985 - 1986
CO: LTJG Hoffman 1986 - 1987
CO: LTJG Steven Giondeminica 1987 - 1988
CO: LTJG Hung M Nguyen 1988 - 1989
CO: LTJG Archbold 1989 - 1990
CO: LTJG Peter Gautier – 1990 - 1991
CO: LTjg Cedric Hughes 1991 - 1992
CO: LTJG Oscar Stallings 1993
CO: LTJG Marcott – year unknown

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

Documents:

Gesashi Installation Data (pdf)
272255Z AUG 73 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
200740Z SEP 73 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
190840Z NOV 73 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
290702Z NOV 73 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
090848Z JAN 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
040856Z MAR 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
092231Z APR 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
180902Z APR 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
010012Z JUN 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
141035Z JUN 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
312104Z JUL 74 - State Department LORAN A Functions - pdf
300550Z SEP 75 - State Department Status of LORAN A Transfer - pdf
260910Z NOV 75 - State Department Status of LORAN A Transfer - pdf
 

Newsletters: Contributed by David H Lyon (CO, c./1970-71)  (pdf)

05-1970   06-1970   07-1970   08-1970   09-1970   10-1970   11-1970   12-1970   02-1971   03-1971

Thanks Dave!

Pictures:

Loran Statioin Gesashi

view from Google Earth

Commissioning Crew Patch

Gesashi aerial view

The photo below was contributed by Angus MacFeeley

1985 Station Crew

This is the LORSTA Gesashi crew in 1985. Mr Yonashiro in center was the civilian transmitter mech.  Rick Hoffman was skipper.  I was XO/STO.

view from above station

Photo contributed by Larry Bilski

Thanks Larry!

view from shore line

Photo contributed by David McDermott c./1977

Station Hat
Contributed by Don Perillo

Officer's Station Hat

Thanks Don!

The below photos wer contributed by Ron Behnken c./1977

watchstander at teletype machine

Shots I took from the tower and Huey chopper including village of Gesashi.

aerial view from Huey

aerial view of town from Huey

station building view from Huey

station view from Huey

Loran Tower from Huey

Thanks Ron!