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In 1963, Rear Admiral Bernard F. Roeder ordered his staff to "Take Charge And Move Out" on the development of a secure, reliable communications system for the President to send orders to America's ballistic missile submarines in the ocean's depths. The solution was to deploy TACAMO EC-130Q aircraft flying in circles over the Atlantic and Pacific in order to receive very low frequency data and high frequency voice radio transmissions to relay Emergency Action Messages from the President.

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play videoTACAMO:  This video was created by the History Channel. It records an actual TACAMO mission.

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