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6. USSF / Eareckson air station

Last modified: 21 Mar 2021, submitted by: Joker
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Country: United States    Region: Alaska

Locale: Shemya Isl

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

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE

   
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52 44' 13" N 174 5' 27" E Eareckson air station (Shemya island Alaska), former Shemya Air Force Base
Current Eareckson air station.
- USSF / 13 Space Warning Squadron Detachment / Eareckson air station is a dislocated unit under Clear air station (Alaska) with a 13 SWS Det. operating a Raytheon AN/FPS-108 COBRA DANE phased array radar originally to gather intelligence about the former Soviet ICBM program. Cobra Dane came online in 1977 operating in the 12151400 MHz L-band replacing then outdated BMEWS AN/FPS-17 Detection and AN/FPS-80 Tracking Radars used to monitor space and missile activities and it currently still does.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Cobradane.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Cobra_Dane_Radar_Display.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5f/Cobra_Dane_security_patrol.jpg/1280px-Cobra_Dane_security_patrol.jpg

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.



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