Norway is moving its ELINT (electronic intelligence) ship Marjata from the port of Kirkenes, which is eight kilometers from the Russian border, to Harstad. The new home port for Marjata is 334 kilometers to west and beyond the range of the many Russian EW (Electronic Warfare) systems. Kirkenes had become a problem because it is on the Barents Sea, which is an area north of the Norwegian and Russian coasts where Russian warships and military aircraft frequently train. Marjata goes to sea to monitor these activities. Meanwhile Russia was regularly testing its new EW systems near Kirkenes, which made life difficult for the technical personnel on the Marjata. Moving the home port of Marjata from Kirkenes to Harstad (on the North Sea) solved that problem. The Russians still have an opportunity to use their EW systems on Marjata but only when the ship is in the Barents Sea seeking out Russian ships and aircraft equipped with EW systems.
The 126 meter (400 foot) long Marjata entered service in 2016 and was the fourth Norwegian ELINT ship with that name. The previous Marjata, which entered service in 1992, remained in service but renamed the Eger and the two ELINT ships often operate together. Eger had a unique wedge-shaped hull which gave it more stability and space for a helicopter pad. The current Marjata does not have the helicopter pad but does have more internal space. Both ships carry about 60 personnel, most of them technicians to operate the ELINT equipment. READ MORE...
With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.