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Report - US Naval Facility / Auxiliary Air Force Base - The Bahamas - 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by TheTimeChamber, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. TheTimeChamber

    TheTimeChamber The other one
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    Warning - tongue in cheek humour included

    Someone once said we should get out there and explore, carve our own path and ignore the tourist trails and find something new. I decided to do just that, ignore the people before, resist temptation to push the sliders to the left and get out there....

    I think I took it a little bit too far by exploring on an Out Island in The Bahamas...We stumbled across this one completely by mistake when searching for another beach, made for a good afternoon.

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    A bit of history gleaned from the internet:

    Originally known as the US Navy Experimental Facility, EleutheraÂ￾, the base originated in November 1950 when Western Electric was selected to construct a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) installation on the island. This was part of the larger Project Hartwell initiated by the Americans and MIT. Initially, the base consisted of a wooden Generator Building, a wooden Western Electric Laboratory building and a Communications Center which was little more than a tent. Six hydrophones were also installed at sea as part of the project. A few years later the US navy sent over a construction battalion, The Seabees, to established a more permanent base and five green huts consisting of administration, a galley and barracks were built.

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    In 1957 the Eleuthera Auxiliary Air Force Base (AAFB) begun operations as part of the Atlantic Ballistic Missile Test Range, The Eleuthera AAFB was part of the Air Force Missile Test Centre's Atlantic Missile Range, which was used for long-range monitoring of rocket and guided missile launches, controlled targets, drones, satellites, and lunar probes for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The Eleuthera AAFB was the fourth tracking station in along the length of the test range and formed part of there MISTRAM system.

    The base was supported by twenty contractor employees of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (the primary contractor for operation and maintenance of the site's instrumentation, including the MISTRAM system) and Pan American Airways (PAA) (the primary contractor for management, engineering, operations, and maintenance) during the 1960's and 1970's, and Western Electric in the 1950's. Pan Am employed the support staff, whilst RCA employed the electronic technicians, engineers, and related equipment operators. At its peak, 45 Bahamian employees also worked at the base. The MISTRAM facility was part of Eleuthera AAFB. The Air Force Base Commander was evidently the only military officer assigned to the AAFB. The top PanAm employee had the title of Base Operations Manager, and the top RCA employee was the Instrumentation Manager. The MISTRAM system was superseded in the 1970's and the AAFB was taken over by the NAVFAC.


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    Maintenance Areas & Power House

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    The old base control centre

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    There are loads more photos here: http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/blog/the-accidental-explore-navfac-aafb-eleuthera
     

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  2. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Bloody hell,loving that last shot. Interesting stuff,thanks
     
  3. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Some cool machinery in there, awesome find!
     
  4. the126

    the126 Reckless & irresponsible
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    Amazing find, nice one :thumb
     
  5. Bugsuperstar

    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    I like it!
     
  6. REEF

    REEF Getthegirlkillthebaddies
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    Dude!!
     
  7. soylent green

    soylent green 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one TC. Nice place to be stationed I reckon :)
     
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