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Combat Information Center
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Radarmen in the combat information center. (USS Intrepid Cruise Book, 1958)

Combat Information Center (CIC)

The combat information center, known as CIC, was Intrepid’s information hub. Here, sailors used radar to identify nearby friendly or hostile ships, aircraft and submarines. This information was then used to guide aircraft on missions, to employ weapons, and even to navigate the ship in difficult situations. CIC officers analyzed radar, communications, intelligence and sonar data and shared it with Intrepid’s command, who used the information gathered in CIC to make critical decisions.


Click here to read more about the combat information center and other surrounding compartments, including the squadron ready room, carrier air traffic control center, main communication station and others.


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