Navy shuts down transmitting station

January 19, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The Navy pulled the plug yesterday on the Naval Radio Transmitting Facility outside Annapolis, turning off the station that provided key defense communication through World War II, the Cold War and the Korean War.

The transmitting station, recognizable by its three landmark "Eiffel Towers" on Greenbury Point, was commissioned in 1918 shortly before the end of World War I.

The Navy held a brief ceremony to turn off the power after 78 years, said Elaine Cardone, a spokeswoman for naval communications in Norfolk, Va.

In 1993, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended closing the transmission station, saying facilities in Puerto Rico and Iceland could handle communications. The Navy plans to remove the towers eventually.

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