European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Dec 27 1967, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 27, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseThe signal Light continues to be widely used by modern Navy. Flag and Light still enjoy to signal popularity with Navy by Charles Graham staff writer about the Only things developing faster than the communications Industry Are instant photos in a carnival snapshot Booth. It was t so Many year ago that a phone Call to grandma who lived up state was a real astronauts on space jaunts Chat with their ground Crews live Tele vision programs Are beamed around the world and computers talk to each other at speeds of several Hundred words a the Navy s shipboard communications have enjoyed the same Progress the More traditional non electronic code flags and signal Flasher lights Are still holding their own up on the signal Bridge not to mention the sailors up there who Bat the Breeze using the Century old semaphore system. We still use the signal Light a lot said signalman striker sn1 Paul r. Pro Cissi of the guided missile destroyer Farragut on Maneu vers with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. The s i g n a 1 is very directional it can be seen Clear to the horizon and it is impossible for anyone to eavesdrop the signalman sex signal Light Flasher grew out of the 19th Century Telegraph Era and the Morse code. Vice adm. Philip colomb of the British Navy adapted the electronic Dot dash code to a visual system in 1867. Over the years the system has been enhanced by the powerful Light bulb and infrared Light which can Only bread with special glasses. Another of the few remaining link with the romantic maritime past of High masted wooden ships and Gallant Iron men is the signal Flag. Developed into an intricate communications system during the past few centuries by the British Navy an International code was adopted in 1857 and amended in 1002 to include 27 different flags one for each letter of the alphabet. Flown in combinations of three 15,600different messages can be conveyed. For example the letters pc mean you will have trouble getting through the ice at another combination tells the exact location. The flags Are mainly a backup for voice communications said Procissi except for signalling operations Suchias probably the signal system most closely identified with the Navy is the one now used the least semaphore or hand wednesday december 27, 1967 signals. Originally developed by the French As a system of land signals us ing a set of six arms on a Post the British admiralty adopted a similar sys tem in 1916. Using two arms instead of six. The semaphore is works with 48 sep Arate letter and digit signals. Although it is still taught by the , the British have dropped Semas a photos by Guenter Schuettler Phore instruction. Signalman still use it to shoot the Bull when ships Are along Side said the communications specialist. Procissi reflected the effect of space age technology on Navy communications when he added it in t so much that semaphore has been outmoded it s More a Case of being contacting another ship can be a Windy task. When ships draw close sailors May use semaphore system to ask such mundane questions As any mail for me the stars and stripes Page 11

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