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The work those days was very hush, hush. As the structure went up there was much speculation at Misawa about what the purpose was. Joe came up with the explanation that it was an 'Elephant Cage.' He maintained that was their purpose and justified the explanation by pointing out: 'They work pretty well, don't they. You don't see any elephants running around loose do you?' I guess the name stuck."
Originally posted by BlueTileSpook
Very short history of elephant cage antennas around the world
It doesn't say that Adak, Alaska has been shut down, but if it is still in operation, then it is one of the last ones in the world.
It was great in its time for HFDF, but it outlived its usefullness and was expensive as heck to maintain.
We used to follow the russians, chinese and japanese with them.
Originally posted by acura_el2000
forget any of that, does anyone know what that UK ship is about? go to the original link, and go back a picture or so. It really is strange. anyone know what thats about? It looks military.. maybe a catameran?
Originally posted by VType
Probably covered before but what is the purpose of this facility. Zoomed in you can see a vehicle dwarfed by the ring. Thanks you gotta love Google earth.
Originally posted by TheShooter
Hi folks - Adak, Alaska is officially in the hands of the Aleuts and is inhabitted by about 300 permanent residents.
Here is a link detailing the massive amounts of pollution all over Adak, but this is epcific to the antenna field. (where the elephant cage is located)
I spent a lot of time in Adak, AK, flying in and out for a year, on two different deployments.
The island is under review for the pollution and is not any longer a Navy (or even US Government) property - they DO have Navy personnel there working on the environmental issues, but mostly civilian employees of the Navy.
The elephant cage was cool - we frequently snuck out there and just snooped around the area, but it was pretty well guarded, even WAY out there!
Originally posted by ben94gt
there used to be one of these on the VA-NC border, from what I can tell, the facility is still active, but the elephant cage is gone.