An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


Oscar Logo History
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT)
NCTAMS Atlantic Menu

Oscar Logo History


Traditionally, every Navy activity adopts a command emblem for quick visual recognition. Possibly the most widely recognized and endearing emblem is NCTAMS LANT's "OSCAR." Oscar the Octopus depicts the dynamic environment of a Navy communicator.

In 1944, at the request of Cmdr. W. A. Swanston, USN, the Fifth Naval District Communication Officer, Walt Disney's artists conceived the design. Oscar was adopted as command emblem for our predecessor activity, the U.S. Navy Communication Station Norfolk, upon its establishment on Nov. 7, 1947.

This insignia is intended to humorously convey the normal plight of a Navy communicator. When it was designed during the World War II era, Oscar's equipment was "state-of-the-art," allowing a proficient Morse Code operator to send 35 words per minute.  while our communications technology and equipment have drastically changed, Oscar's expression still conveys NCTAMS LANT's philosophy of going the extra mile to provide our customers with the latest and best communications technology and services. NCTAMS LANT personnel have come to feel a special attachment to Oscar over the years and display the emblem proudly.

The original 2' by 3' Disney artwork is displayed in NCTAMS LANT's quarterdeck area, and replicated throughout the world by our present and former Navy communicators.

 

USFF.mil  |  Navy.MIL  |  Navy.com  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  USA.gov 
Veterans Crisis Line  |  DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  Family Advocacy Program  |  National Domestic Violence Hotline 
Suicide Prevention   |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map
  |  Contact US

 
Naval Information Forces     |     115 Lake View Parkway     |     Suffolk, VA 23435
Official U.S. Navy Website
Veteran's Crisis Line