I am urgently looking for a number of cap tallies from the following ships for a presentation and I am hoping that you may be able to assist me. The cap tallies required are:
I am obviously unable to return these specific cap tallies to you as they are out of production. However I have a number of others which I could provide in lieu. If you can help me please email email@example.com and I will provide a snail mail address.
THE U.S. NAVY WILL NO LONGER COMMUNICATE EXCLUSIVELY IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ORDERS HAVE BEEN IN ALL CAPS SINCE 19TH CENTURY. YOUNG SAILORS ACCUSTOMED TO TEXTING SEE ALL-CAPS ORDERS AS A FORM OF SHOUTING!
NAVY WANTS ITS ORDERS AND OFFICIAL MESSAGES TO BE MORE READABLE AND LESS RUDE. “WHILE THIS DECISION WAS MADE TO SAVE MONEY AND GAIN EFFICIENCIES, IF AN ANCILLARY BENEFIT IS THAT SAILORS READING MESSAGE TRAFFIC NO LONGER FEEL THEY’RE BEING SCREAMED AT…THAT’S A GOOD THING TOO,” SAID A NAVY OFFICIAL.
OLD BULLS STILL PREFER SHOUTING ORDERS AND SENDING MESSAGES IN ALL CAPS. BUT THE NAVY OFFICIAL DENIES THAT DROPPING OF ALL-CAPS COMMUNICATION IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE SERVICE GOING SOFT. TRADITION OF ALL-CAPS COMMUNICATION IS A LEGACY OF TELETYPE MACHINES OF 1850S THAT LACKED LOWERCASE LETTERS.
BUT ONLY NOW IS THE NAVY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS EMBRACED LOWERCASE LETTERS AND THAT AND ALL-CAPS MESSAGES ARE DEEPLY ANNOYING.
“LOWERCASE MESSAGES ARE HERE TO STAY,” JAMES MCCARTY, THE NAVAL MESSAGING PROGRAM MANAGER AT FLEET CYBER COMMAND SAID IN A STATEMENT. OR, RATHER, AN UNDERSTATEMENT.
THE NAVY NOTICE THAT LOWERCASE LETTERS COULD BE USED WAS IRONICALLY ISSUED IN ALL CAPS. THE SCOOP WAS FIRST REPORTED BY NAVY TIMES. MANY ARMY ORDERS ARE STILL ISSUED IN CAPS AND OFFICERS FROM OTHER SERVICES HOPE REST OF PENTAGON WILL FOLLOW THE NAVY’S LEAD. “THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN TRYING TO READ C— IN ALL CAPS,” SAID AN ARMY OFFICER.
NEW, CHEAPER NAVY MESSAGING SYSTEM ALLOWS ORDERS AND MESSAGES TO BE SENT WITH LOWERCASE LETTERS. ACCORDING TO THE NAVY THE NEW COMMAND AND CONTROL OFFICE INFORMATION EXCHANGE—OR C2OIX IN NAVYSPEAK–WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL IN AUGUST AND IS SUPPOSED TO SAVE $15 MILLION A YEAR. BUT NOT ALL NAVY SYSTEMS CAN PROCESS MIXED CASES. AND OFFICIALS SAY IT WON’T BE UNTIL 2015 THAT ALL MESSAGING SYSTEMS WILL BE ABLE TO USE LOWERCASE LETTERS.
SO, IN SOME QUARTERS, THE SHOUTING CAN CONTINUE FOR A COUPLE MORE YEARS.
The Wall Street Journal
Here is another to tickle the old memory box. These are all Communicators with the exception of a Chef (known as a Cook in those days) and a Writer. Click on image to enlarge. Thanks R Williams for the image.
Rear Row L – R ?, Chef, ?, ?.
Centre Row L – R CPO REA, Tel Ray Message, POTel Joe Dawson, Tel Bill Ross, ?, ?
Front Row L – R Wtr, Tel Roy Williams, Don Simmonds, ?, Yeo Daniels, ?, POTel Lenny Clayton
Here are three images of some likely lads. Taken 1972/73 on Waikato. Can you name them. Click on images to enlarge
Martin Frost and Phillip Sullivan (Sully)
Phillip Sullivan (Sully) and Martin Frost
Martin Frost (but who are the two in the background?)
Two loafing Communicators who normally never see the daylight!!
The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of June 2013. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.
BERRY James (Jamie)
HOOD, Wallace Ewen
SMITH, Douglas Sydney
ASHWELL, Michael Lindsay
CODDINGTON, Raymond Francis Howes (Ray)
HOOD Wallace Ewen
Here are three images which may stir the mind. You may be able to name some of those hard working communicators in images 2 and 3. Have a go. Thanks Ray N for the images.
Image 1 – Ldg Tels Course – 20 Jan 1959
Image 2 – Naval Officer in Charge Auckland Staff 1960 taken in the Hospital Carpark
Image 3 – HMNZS Wakefield Communications Staff 1958. (this will get some thinking) Note the USN Sailors who manned Operation Deep Freeze circuits and civilian staff which supplemented the team.
The following is a list of Communicators who we need to confirm their details on the Communicators Database. Yes, I know many of them are on facebook but that does not give me their latest contact details. If you know of their whereabouts or have an email addresses for any of the following please advise firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update the details. Thanks to those who have already responded.
David Ahuriri – Living North Shore
Terry Alcock – Last living in Auckland
Barbara Amohau (Pilcher)
Terry Appleby – living in Sydney
Jack Bailey living in New South Wales
Garry Ball – Brisbane
Phil Balle -
Peter Bayer – London
Rhys Bedet – Victoria Aust
Shaun Bentley – Pukekohe
Lionel Berry – Palmerston North
Caroline Brockenshaw (Honeycomb)
GM Bruce – Auckland
Gail Burgess (Radonich)
Judy Devinc nee Rosborough
Hazel Dickman nee Cerchi
Karen Ellis (Smith)
Antonia Faber (Van den Yssel)
Carina Henry (Kenny)
Maree Herman (Sumnmerhays)
Robin (Bob) Hill
Edward (Ted) Hunt