Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
Identify the background and mission of the departments within the National
Identify the mission and policy of naval communications.
Identify the functions of the Naval Telecommunications System and the
roles of communications management personnel.
Identify the elements and responsibilities related to standard message
Identify the procedures for minimize consideration and processing of
Identify the procedures used for general administration and handling of
Identify the procedures used in communications planning.
Identify the procedures for conducting watch-to-watch inventories and
updating the NWPs.
Identify the role of the naval warfare publications library (NWPL)
including NWPL administration and maintenance.
Naval communications is the term assigned to the
entire communications effort of the Department of the
Navy, both afloat and ashore. The naval
communications complex is the total of all
Navy-operated communications installations and
services. The communications complex provides,
operates, and maintains tactical communications,
including fleet broadcast, ship to shore, and air to
ground. The operating forces and all commands and
activities ashore depend on this complex for reliable
transmission and receipt of information.
In this chapter, we will give you a broad overview
of how naval communications is organized at shore
commands and aboard ship. We will also discuss the
various publications used in naval communications.
These publications provide standard guidance for all
phases of naval communications, such as basic
communications doctrines, message preparation, and
proper circuit discipline.
The National Communications System (NCS) was
established to achieve a cohesive effort in the event of
war. The NCS provides a unified governmental system
that links together the communications facilities and