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LORAN STATION MATRATIN

Station Information

Site Survey: 22 - 27 MAR 1958
 
Construction Date: 28 AUG 1958 - 01 MAR 1959
 
Constructed by: 1958 - 1959 American contractor ($981,000)
1960 Station upgrade - Transmitter building erected at base of tower
 
Established:
Commissioned:

01 MAR 1959
Decommissioned:
Disestablished:


MAY 1970
MAY 1970
Operated by:


USCG
Station Project code name: TACK III

Station Unit Identifier:



Mail address: 1961 - APO 231, New York
1969 - APO, New York 09231
 
HAM Call sign:


N/A
Personnel Allowance: 1958 -
1963 - 2 Officers, 21 Enlisted
1967 - 2 Officers, x Enlisted 2 civilians, 9 security guards

Station Mascot: 1963 Smedley
1967 Smedley, Moosebah

Miscellaneous: The site survey report recommended each man be issued a M-1

1960 - Station upgraded - Transmitter building constructed at base of tower

16 FEB 1960 - Site survey declassified

01 SEP 1969 - Start of the revolution

DEC 1969 - Several station members were arrested for being spies while traveling to/from an American Oil compound for a Christmas party where there would be women. The American Embassy obtained their release three days later.

27 MAY 1970 - station is being dismantled as the U. S. is force to cease operations - All equipment, furniture, tools, etc. removed. Likewise for Wheelus AFB.


Commanding Officers: 1958 - 1959 LT Martin F. Groff PCO (? - 01 MAR)
1959 - 1959 LT Martin F. Groff (01 MAR 1959 - DEC)
1959 - 1960 LTJG Lynn N. Hein (DEC - DEC)
1960 - 1961 LTJG Oliver W. Barber (DEC - ?)
1961 - 1962 LTJG Robert F. Dugan (? - OCT)
1962 - 1963 LTJG David L. Parr (OCT - NOV)
1963 - 1964 LTJG Gregory L. Sanok (NOV - ?)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Michael J. Schiro (? - NOV)
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967 LTJG David E. Clements (DEC - NOV)
1967 - 1968 LTJG Thomas E. Omri (NOV - ?)
1968 - 1969 LTJG Joseph O. Bernard
1969 - 1970 LTJG James E. Doyle (? - MAY)

Station Operations

LORAN-C

30 35.8 N 18 24.2 E (OCT 1964)

Chain: MEDITERRANEAN SEA
 
Radio Call Sign:
NCI-10
 
Operational date:
Declared Operation:


25 MAR 1959
Operations Ceased:

MAY 1970
 
Station Operation:

Single SLAVE (SS)
Loran Rate:
Function:
Baseline:

SL-4; SL1
"Y" 1959 - 1962 "X" 1962 - 1970
Approx. 500 Nautical miles

On-air testing date: 01 FEB 1959
 
On-Air: 250001Z MAR 1959
 
Off-Air:

APR 1970
Equipment: AN/FPN-38/39 Timer/Transmitter sn: 4 & 7 installation completed 01 FEB 1959

Radiator: 625ft TLM; Stainless, Inc Model 1100; NOV 1958 -
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

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01 APR 1970 - 15 MAY 1970

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

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Documents:

01 JUN 1967 - General Information Book - pdf

Pictures:

Steve Anderson 1960-61 photo collection

Mike Blaschum 1963 photo collection

Wallace Casey 1964-65 photo collection

Chuck Carlson 1969 photo collection

Rich Green 1969 photo collection

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(courtesy U. S. Coast Guard c./mid 1960's)

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(courtesy U. S. Coast Guard c./mid 1960's)