Here at the Archives we have another new collection available! MSS-249, our SEAFARER Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Submarine Command and Control Communications System Papers are now available for public viewing.
The ELF communications systems were being considered by the Navy from the 1950s through the 1980s. The new collection showcases materials of the Navy’s Project ELF program, SEAFARER (Surface Elf Antenna for Addressing Remotely Employed Receivers)
Program, and Project Sanguine. The ELF frequency systems transmitted command and control messages to submarines and other U.S. Forces. The ELF radio signal is useful for communicating one way between submarines at sea and a ground based location. This was significantly useful since ELF could penetrate seawater and submarines no longer had to resurface to receive vital (and possibly time sensitive) information.
The collection includes a vast number of reports including research, ecological and biological monitoring, and related reports that the House of Representatives and the Senate generated between 1976 and 1978. The collection also includes site surveys, public hearing minutes, environmental impact statements, and correspondence.
For more information or to view the collection on this Navy program stop by the Archives in room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks)! We are open Monday-Friday 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm.
Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Glenda Ward