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Research Help: 1967 & 1973 Med Deployments
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I am researching the IOIC system associated with the RA-5C. I am specifically looking at the Mediterranean deployments of the SARATOGA/RVAH-9 and AMERICA/RVAH-5 in 1967 (Six-Day War) and the JF…Continue


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What Commands/Squadrons were you with? *Notes* only choose RVAH-3 if you were squadron personnel, all others there for training select the RAG/FRAMP option, IF YOU SELECTED "OTHER" THEN YOU MUST ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW. BE SPECIFIC
Tell us below what command if choosing "Other" for a non CRAW-1/RVAH/VAH commands
Active Duty Navy Intelligence Officer working on a dissertation proposal on the IOIC system

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Research Help==Afloat Operational Intelligence, the IOIC, and Its Role in the Early-1970s Sea Control Strategy

Why have I invited you to take part?

Your story matters, now more than ever, and your career provides understanding through experience during the study period (1965-1975) or in the application of lesson immediately following. The history of the Integrated Operations Intelligence Center (IOIC) is missing and I need Cold Warriors to help me tell its important role. Sea stories are encouraged!

I am asking you to take a questionnaire, it should…


Posted on December 31, 2018 at 12:39pm — 8 Comments

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At 4:02pm on September 13, 2018, Boom Powell said…

This is the right place to find the gents who made IOIC go. I passed your request to my list which is mostly flite crews.

Excerpt from my Osprey book:

            After the Mediterranean deployment which included the Six Day War, Ron Pollard stayed in RVAH-5 and went to Vietnam on Constellation. A tour instructing in the Recce Rag followed. 1973 found him involved in another Arab-Israeli war, this time as commanding Officer of RVAH-14 flying from USS Independence.

            ‘I was sent on a PECM flight covering the coast of Israel and the belligerent countries to the east. We were so intrigued with the excellent hits (on the RHAW indicators) we were getting, I stayed on track a little too long and realized I was not going to make my Charlie (landing) time. I had plenty of gas so went into max afterburner to the delight of the air controllers on the ship who computed my speed off the radar. As I approached the Indy, I noted the recovery was over, but the ship was still into the wind. I was cleared straight-in and I kept thinking, I’d better not bolter. I didn't.

‘The PECM data showed the Israeli Hawk batteries moving on the counteroffensive. That flight was the first indication that the Israeli Army had commenced their famous and successful counterattack. The attack guys didn’t get to do anything, but we recce types sure stayed busy. The Yom Kippur War was followed by the OPEC oil embargo and tensions in the eastern Med stayed high.’

At 12:40pm on April 9, 2018, Terrill R. Saylor said…

Welcome Aboard Commander!

Terry RVAH-14



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