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2. USSF / Eareckson airstation

Last modified: 30 Apr 2022, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Alaska

Locale: Shemya Isl

Latitude: 52° 44' 13" N     Longitude: 174° 5' 27" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


52 44' 13" N 174 5' 27" E Shemya island Alaska, former Shemya Air Force Base. As of 1965 Shemya Island also hosted a White Alice commolink at 5243'26.88"N 174 8'20.11"E where 120-foot-square troposcatter antennas were aimed towards Adak 400 miles away providing secured microwave comms.

Current this is Eareckson air station; a dislocated unit under Clear space force station (Alaska) with:
- USSF / 13 Space Warning Squadron operating a Raytheon AN/FPS-108 COBRA DANE phased array radar.
Originally to gather intell about former Soviet ICBM program Cobra Dane came online in 1977 operating in the 12151400 MHz L-band replacing the then outdated BMEWS AN/FPS-17 Detection and AN/FPS-80 tracking radars used to monitor space and missile activities.

At present day 13 SWS operates as an active unit however Cobra Dane is being maintained and operated by civilian contractors, without military personnel assigned.

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