I’m a retired U. S. Navy Limited Duty Officer (Lieutenant Commander; designator 618 – surface electronics). LDO’s are commissioned officers (MUSTANGS) who were former enlisted personnel. My promotion pattern was E1-E6 (TD), E7 (DP), W2-W3 (718), O2E-O4 (618).
In my early career, I was assigned to the Operations Electronics Division (OE) aboard the USS Intrepid (CVA-11) home ported in Norfolk, VA.
I was subsequently reassigned to FAETUPAC ATAB Sangley Pt., attached to VP-40 (P5M-2S seaplanes) stationed in the Philippine Islands. VP-40 flew anti-submarine patrols in the South China seas.
My later duty assignments involved surface ADVANCED COMBAT DIRECTION SYSTEMS. The last system I worked on was the AN/SYQ-20 Advanced Combat Direction System (ACDS) Block I.
The AN/SYQ-20 Advanced Combat Direction System (ACDS) Block 1 consists of computer program software and associated hardware for non-Aegis combatant ships (aircraft carriers and selected amphibious warfare ships). ACDS Block 1 provides extended range display, expanded track capacity, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System interoperability, modifiable doctrine, display of mapping information, automatic gridlock, and doctrine-controlled multi-source identification. AN/SYQ-20 hardware includes computers, a display system with consoles, data terminal sets, automatic data processor, and automated status boards.
Licenses: Amateur Extra; General Radio Telephone Operator + radar endorsement; Global Maritime Distress Safety System Radio Operator/Maintainer
Certifications: Volunteer License Examiner (VE) — ARRL & W5YI; Volunteer Instructor — ARRL & W5YI