“Away the SNOOPIE team, away!” Suddenly, a group of Sailors bolt through the passageways and clatter up ladderwells on their way to the top the ship’s island, known as vulture’s row.
The Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic and Interpretive Examination (SNOOPIE) team aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is composed of intelligence specialists (IS), mass communication specialists (MC), and a yeoman (YN) who are responsible for photographing, videotaping and recording on paper the actions of unidentified contacts within visual range.
“SNOOPIE team will be called away for anything from an unidentified ship or aircraft,
or just something of interest,” said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Michael Dorobiala, a member of the visual information (VI) cell, which is part of the SNOOPIE team. “Obviously the TAO [tactical action officer] has a lot of situational awareness in [the Combat Directional Center (CDC)], but all he is seeing in there is…
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