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JANAP 146(C)


COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING
VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS FROM
AIRBORNE AND WATERBORNE SOURCES 

 

JANAP 146(C)


THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF 
  JOINT COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS COMMITTEE
  WASHINGTON 25, D. C.
  MARCH 1954

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THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF 
JOINT COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS COMMITTEE
WASHINGTON, D. C.

10 MARCH 1954

LETTER OF PROMULGATION

1.    JANAP 146(C) COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS FROM AIRBORNE AND WATERBORNE SOURCES, is an unclassified publication.

2.    JANAP 146(C) COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS FROM AIRBORNE AND WATERBORNE SOURCES, is effective upon receipt and supersedes JANAP 146 (B), COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT (CIRVIS) and all other conflicting instructions.  JANAP 146(B) shall be destroyed by burning.  No report of destruction is required.

CHAPTER II

CIRVIS REPORTS

SECTION I - GENERAL

201.  INFORMATION TO BE REPORTED AND WHEN TO REPORT

      a.  Sightings within the scope of this chapter, as outlined in Article 102b(l), (2), and (3), are to be reported as follows:

          (l)  While airborne (except over foreign territory - See Article 212).

               (a)  Single aircraft or formations of aircraft which appear to be directed against the United
                     States, its territories or possessions.

               (b)  Missiles.

               (c)  Unidentified flying objects.

               (d)  Submarines.

               (e)  A group or groups of military surface vessels.

          (2)  Upon Landing.

               (a)  Individual surface vessels, submarines, or aircraft of unconventional design, or
                     engaged in suspicious activity or observed in an unusual location or following an
                     unusual course.

               (b)  Confirmation reports.

202.  SIGHTINGS NOT TO BE REPORTED

      Reports are not desired concerning surface craft or aircraft in normal passage, or known U.S. military or government vessels and aircraft.

JANAP 146(C)

CHAPTER III

MERINT REPORTS

SECTION I - GENERAL

301.  INFORMATION TO BE REPORTED AND WHEN TO REPORT

      a.  Sightings within the scope of this chapter (as outlined in Article 102b., (4), (5), (6), (7) are to
           be reported as follows:

          (l)  Immediately (except when within territorial waters of other nations as prescribed by
                international law)

               a)  Guided Missiles 
               b)  Unidentified flying objects    
               c)  Submarines 
               d)  Group or groups of military vessels 
               e)  Formation of aircraft (which appear to be directed against the United States, its
                    territories or possessions).   
               f)  Individual surface vessels, submarines, or aircraft of unconventional design, or engaged
                   in suspicious activity or observed in an unusual location or following an unusual course.

          (2)  When situation changes sufficiently to warrant an amplifying report (see Art. 409).

SECTION III - SECURITY

308.  MILITARY AND CIVILIAN

      a.  All persons aware of the contents or existence of a MERINT Report are governed by the Communications Act of 1934 and amendments Thereto, and Espionage Laws.  MERINT reports contain information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, 18 U.S. Code, 793 and 794.  The unauthorized transmission Or revelation of the contents of MERINT reports in any manner is prohibited.

      b.  Military commands and activities in making local distribution Of MERINT reports and in subsequent communications regarding the contents of any MERINT report shall handle such communications in accordance with current security regulations.

402.  EXAMPLES BY TYPE

      The following are examples of the types of "MERINT" reports.  Specific application of Military or commercial procedure has been avoided since the means of transmission would determine the procedure to be used.  Of primary importance is the expeditious handling and accuracy of the reports.

      a.  "MERINT" REPORT

          (1)  A radiotelegraph transmission:

          RAPID US GOVT 

          TO

          COMEASTSEAFRON 90 CHURCH ST. NEW YORK

          MERINT 5126 N 14230W 3 UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS
          HEADED NW AT 17000 FEET CIGAR SHAPE 50 FEET TO SW AT   
          2 MILES VERIFIED BY NAVIGATOR VISIBILITY UNLIMITED
          211513Z JONES NKLN