US Navy Cold War airborne electronic reconnaissance

KC flew the US Navy’s airborne Electronic Reconnaissance during the 1980s in the Lockheed EP-3 which is electronic signals reconnaissance version of the P-3 Orion.

He flew as a Navigator, Senior Electronic Warfare Evaluator and Mission Commander.

We hear about several missions he was involved in including his first detachment  to Athens the then  main USN operating base for missions in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.

We also hear about flying in Baltic from bases in UK (Mildenhall/Wyton) or FRG (Schleswig-Jagel). Flying from Keflavik in Iceland KC monitored a huge Soviet Navy exercise in Norwegian Sea involving the Kiev, Kirov as well as numerous cruisers, destroyers, and frigates.

In the 1980s Libya was claiming the Gulf of Sidra as its territorial waters and KC flew in support of “freedom of navigation” operations involving USN ships.

It’s a great insight into a relatively unknown part of Cold War air operations.

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I am delighted to welcome KC to our Cold War conversation…

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