LORAN MONITOR STATION SHETLAND
60 26 25.347 N 01 18 05.220 W (North Antenna)
60 26 17.567 N 01 18 19.080 W (South Antenna)
|Constructed by:||Pearson and Tawse, Ltd|
|Established:||Established: 27 MAY 1968
Commissioned: 29 OCT 1968
|Disestablished:||30 SEP 1983 - Decommissioned
|Station Letter designation:|
|Station code name:|
|Station Unit No./OPFAC:||96-40475
|Radio Call Sign:||NMS
|Station aka:||Scasta Brae
|On-air testing date:|
|Operations Ceased:||1 OCT 1983
|Station Operation:||NORWEGIAN SEA MONITOR
|Monitor Rate:||NORWEGIAN SEA
|Equipment:||AN/FPN-46 monitoring equip until PCMS installed
|Miscellaneous:||1959 – 1968 Norwegian Sea Chain monitor located at TARVA
1 OCT 1983 - station unmanned - remote ops to Keflavik
|Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st CO: LT John F Roeber 27 MAY 1968 - 1970
CO: LT David Orszak 1971 - 1972
CO: LT Henry C Post 1972 - 1974
CO: LT Robert A Danforth 1974 - 1977
CO: LT Ernest Card 1977 - 1979
CO: LT Ed Scott 1979 - 15 AUG 1980
CO: LT Jeffrey B Stark 15 AUG 1980 – JUL 1981
CO: LTJG Dave Ackerman JUL 1981 – JUL 83
CO: CWO Alex C McMahan JUL 1983 - 30 SEP 1983
Picture from google earth.
Received Commissioning material from Alex "Dick" McMahan, CDR,
via CHRELE-3 Charles "Mac" McLean
Loran Monitor Station Shetlands circa 1968 taken by Charles "Mac" McLean, from a RAF Beaver.
Station was near seaplane ramp. Masts are for the horizontal log periodic hf antennas.
Station was demolished in '06/'07, and the site now has a salmon farm. The old airbase was
resurrected for North Sea personnel and logistic flights.
Interesting note: The airbase was one of the major British civil engineering efforts just prior to and just after the start of WWII. Regular raids were flown from Norway. Pipes were laid prior to the tarmac and contained explosives to render the field useless in the event of a German invasion of Shetland. They were still in place with wiring and detonators when the station was built. Finally removed during the construction of the new facility.
-- Photo and comments provided by CHRELE-3 Charles "Mac" McLean
This is the CG Ensign broken at commissioning of LORMONSTA Shetland Islands and struck when damaged during full gale (first of many to come) at station. Ensign was fouled in halyard sheave, thus torn portion.
This may be the first CG Ensign flown from a commissioned shore station in the UK, or the first since WWII.
-- Photo and comments by CHRELE-3 Charles "Mac" McLean
The below photos were contributed by SK1 Tom Simmons 1969 - 1975
ET3 Fred Locklair of Charleston, SC (seated) and ET3 Mike Holland of Chicago, IL
Entrance to Loran Monitor Station Shetland Islands
Loran Monitor Station Shetland Islands
Photo contributed by Carl Burkhart
The below photos were contributed by Merritt Scott (Father LT Ed Scott, CO 1979-80)
Change of Command 1979
L to R:LT Eric Card & LT Ed Scott
Change of Command 1979 L to R: LT Eric Card - LT Ed Scott
LT Ed Scott to right
Second from Right: LT Ed Scott with wife Helen to the right of him
A Get Together
Change of Command 1980 Invitation