site is dedicated to those who served at, or have an interest in
preserving the history of the
U.S. Naval Communications Station, Nea Makri,
There are no photographs
inside the "vans" as far as we know, so we've
resorted to combining our collective memories with computer
graphics to recreate the way it looked during the mid-to-late
NGR was closed down in 1990. The buildings and property, with the exception of the communications vans, were turned over to the host government. Today the base serves as a firefighting training facility. Recent photos are posted on our forum.
This web site is an outgrowth of an email group whose members formerly served there. We hope you'll join us and put those hard-earned keyboard skills to use
in the FORUM! We'd love to
hear from you!
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The following is from the December 6, 1968 issue of the base's weekly newsletter, Marathon Runner, in an article commemorating the station's fifth anniversary.
"In the years following World War II, cold war tensions between the East and the West brought forth highly profound changes in the concepts of modern warfare.
In the realm of Naval Communications, these changing concepts vastly increased the importance of reliable, secure and rapid communications for naval forces in the Mediterranean and most specifically the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Subsequently, in June of 1961, the Director of Naval Communications issued a proposal for the construction of the first communications station to utilize the unique transportable vans concept.
Thus, on the 30th of November, 1963 with the testing of equipment complete and the main body of SeaBees departed, NAVCOMMSTA Greece went fully operational and joined the Naval Communications System at 1600 local time."
Looking toward the vans entrance (obscured right) in 1969. Cars parked in front of HI COMM, beside the LO COMM van. Towers in foreground with disks are elements of the famed Wullenweber antenna.
Photo: Tom Johnson
After many email exchanges and several alterations, this is the floorplan our 40-year-old recollections came up with.
Drawing: Joel Roberson
The vans as viewed from the beach in 1967.
Photo: John Martinson
The 1960's marked an intriguing era in the Mediterranean. Many mysteries remain unsolved to this day. Michael R. Ellis, formerly stationed at
NCS Greece, has authored two excellent novels. For an insider's perspective, add them to your reading list.
earthy Cold War tale of adventure, espionage, and self-discovery
"I finished reading the intriguing Apollo Rises at 0100 this
morning. I had a difficult time tearing myself away 'til I
had devoured it. I felt as if I were a part of the story from
start to finish." Ron Phillips, RMCM
just finished reading your novel, Apollo Rises. Truly enjoyed it;
brought back lots of memories of the Med cruises, Naples, Palma,
... " Al Albers, RMCM
... Not for
the delicate, prudish, or close minded ...
some of the characters:
Page: He joined The Navy for travel and adventure. Then, he
is put to the test when he gets exactly what he
Watson: His ONI superiors pressure him to find American
traitors. Brad puts his navy career on the line when he places
his full trust and confidence in Rigney Page.
Gaile: After ten years of navy life, she is bored and
dissatisfied. She plans to leave The Navy. Then, she meets Rigney
Page, and her life becomes a lot more exciting!
Sergeant Christopher Bronston: He is the ultimate bully. All
fear him. Then, Bronston encounters Rigney Page.
Giovanni Genoa: "There are not enough report chits in
the supply system to cover Page's twidget
". . . Sometimes fast and action packed; sometimes slow, earthy, and sultry . . ."
". . . Drama, adventure, and espionage at a small U.S. Navy installation on Greece's Aegean coast . . ."
". . . At first glance, this small U.S. Navy installation on the Aegean coast appears to be paradise shore duty . . ."
Partner with Petty Officer Rigney Page as he travels to Greece and investigates a master chief suspected of espionage.
Pant and yearn with Rigney Page as he lusts after the commanding officer's niece.
Experience Rigney's frustration as the commanding officer plots against him.
Feel exhilaration when Rigney rescues damsels in distress, terminates the bad guys, and once again saves the world from communist domination.
Back in the 60's there just wasn't anything on the local air waves in the way of good ol' American Rock and Roll. To meet that need, some resourceful radiomen and electronics technicians reportedly built and operated a low power pirate FM radio station dubbed "WEAK" in the village of Nea Makri. Recycling their ample supply of empties, the first transmitting antenna was said to have been constructed from beer cans soldered together.
Fortunately, Ken Pletz recorded and preserved some of those transmissions.
Here are some clips from 1969 . . . (click the player's pause/play button to start)
Although we're fairly confident the statute of limitations has long since expired, we'll continue to maintain the anonymity of those pirate DJ's who sacrificed much of their free time to provide us with a taste of home.