This chapter has introduced you to the standard
procedures associated with handling incoming and
outgoing messages. Because of the volume of
messages a telecommunications center processes, it is
essential that communications personnel observe all the
handling procedures to prevent losing or delaying
delivery of messages to subscribers.
Understanding the communication plan will give
you a view of the ever-changing overall plans for your
ship or shore station and its requirements for mission
The various publications that you, as a
communicator, rely on are continually being updated.
Communications is an area that is constantly changing
in areas of equipment and procedures. Therefore, it is
important you become thoroughly familiar with all the
publications and current changes that pertain to your
The tasks of a message center are extremely
important. Your understanding of the handling
procedures is key to providing fast and accurate
communication to the fleet.