12 April 1962: Relocation of HYDRA Telegraph Relay Centre

The proposal gathered steam throughout the next year. This April 1962 memorandum and attached proposal to the Chief of General Staff from Col. P.D. Smith (Sigs) indicates that the Treasury Board, Joint Intelligence Committee, and the British Foreign Office had expressed a need for continued intelligence and communications in the event of an emergency. HYDRA, ensconced in EASE, would provide for this requirement. Smith indicates a need to move quickly with the HYDRA move, in order to “phase it into the already approved automatic telegraph relay system at EASE.” The total cost of the relocation project: $700,000.

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Hydra Communications - Policy, RG24, 1250-36 Vol. 2, Library and Archives Canada (LAC)