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CSP and Other Crypto Designators


Crypto Designators Including Those Not Used on WW II Submarines.

This is list has been useful in trying to keep track of the many systems that were used during and after WW II.

First the list of equipment that was used on submarines in the Pacific during WW II (From CACOM 1944 14th Naval District):

CSP-887 Cipher unit (Rotor Basket) for CSP-889.
CSP-888/889 = M-134-C = ECM Mark II = SIGABA (= ASAM 1 High level post-war.) The first 651 units built were CSP-888 and lacked the extension receptacles to permit semi-automatic operation.
CSP-890 = CSP-890(A) = SIGHEK Plugboard rotor for use in the CSP-888/889.
CSP-1100 ECM Instructions
CSP-1122 ECM Wheels
CSP-1190 ECM Key Lists.
CSP-1941 = SIGLUR-1 Instructions for CSP-890
ENG-106 AC Motor
ENG-107 DC Motor
ENG-108 Print unit for a CSP-889.
ENG-109 ECM spare parts kit.
ENG-111 Cable Connecting kits. (Not for sub use, tandem use.)
Metal Safe Locker Type #8 - Special safe built into the radio room for CSP-889

CSP-845 = M-138A = CSP-1088 = Venus (strip cipher, CSP-1088 is a CSP-845 with CSP-488 compatible strip alphabet No. 488)
CSP-847 Instructions for use of CSP-845 strip cipher.
CSP-1247/8 Key lists for use with strip cipher.

CSP-1403/4 Key lists. I do not know which these were.

CSP-1286 Two Card Authentication Cipher
CSP-1521 Authentication Instructions

CSP-1270 = Air Craft Code Book 16 = SIGYAP = SIGMEN Chart Style Authentication Cipher
CSP-1272 Instructions for CSP-1270.

CSP-1524 Call sign instructions.
CSP-1525/26 Emergency use call sign instructions.
CSP-1750 = Call device MK 2 (= PENELOPE during 1970s when used by NATO) - Call sign cipher.
CSP-1751 are CSP-1750 instructions.
CSP-1756 Strip cipher compatable with CSP-1750. Made of mahogony.
CSP-1757 ??
CSP-1752 Key lists.

CSP-1300 Weather cipher.
CSP-Weather Handbook for Submarines

CSP-1500 = M-209 = C-38 Hagelin derivative tactical cipher.
CSP-1501 Instructions for CSP-1500
CSP-1607 Key lists

Below are related, but not used on Submarines in the pacific during 1944:

CH-76 - Army safe for transporting a SIGABA.
CSP-488 = M-94 (rotary disks Jefferson type cipher)
CSP 1178-1179(B) = Contact Code 11
CSP-1700 = CCM (CSP-889 with CSP-1600 Type-X compatible rotor cage)
CSP-1753 or 1754 = M-13 with page printer
CSP-1752 = M-12
CSP-2200 = HCM Mark 4 = SCM Mark 2 (A modified ECM Mark II), an HCM is an upgraded ECM Mark I.
CSP-2300 (High command ECM)
CSP-2900 = KL-29 = BACCUS = GORGON = DEMEDOR (ca 1950 Navy modified ECM)
M-7, M-8 Modified ECMs for semi-auto Enigma analog operation with card punch & reader.
M-9 Enigma analog.
M1 Incendiary Safe Destroyer - Army thermite SIGABA destruction device.
SIGJODO = AN/GSA-2 Attachment for SIGABA to operate from teletype tape.
SIGLASE = MX-218 Converter for SIGABA for M-325 and M-409 compatibility
SIGRINO = M-134-D An M-134-C with a CH-76.
TM 11-380 Technical Manual Coverter M-209, this may be the same as CSP-1501?
SIGNOR-2 Keying Instructions for Converter M-209

AN/GSQ-1 is a semi-portable low security voice system keyed with punch cards.
K-61 U.S. Weather Bureau Cipher - WB-10-1N are the instructions For Use Of U.S. Weather Bureau Cipher K Series
SIGCUM = CSP-1515 = M-228 Online TTY system Vernam type where key is a 5 rotor Heburn system.
SIGDUL = AN/GXA-1 Facsimile cipher.
SIGFOY = M-325 Enigma like 3 rotor system.
SIGGIG = M-409 Portable rotor based system.
SIGHAUD = M-228(M) is similar to SIGCUM with modifications to generate a longer key.
SIGJIP - Speech transposition system with records as keys.
SIGLSV = M-161-C
SIGMEW = AN/GXA-2 Fax system.
SIGMYC = M-134-A precursor of SIGABA that used tapes.
SIGNIN = M-294 Online TTY System Enigma like rotor based system.
SIGRIT = AN/GSQ-2 High security, semi-portable speech system.
SIGSALY = RC 220-T1 Vocode on phono records, 47 bays of equipment, 30 tons
SIGTOT = CSP-2599 = M-131 Online TTY system Vernam type tape cipher

More Modern Equipment: KL 7 Postwar rotor system.
KW 26 = ROMULUS
KW 37 old fleet broadcast
KW 46 recently retired fleet broadcast
KW 84 current fleet broadcast

CSP stands for Code and Signal Publication, its usage started during WW I. Note mythological names from the 50s and were are always in upper case. SIGxxxx designators are from the Army Signal Corp.

More designators for mostly radio equipment from WW II can be found at the end of the Wish List.

The tables below are helpful in identifying post war equipment.

ANNEX I
TABLE OF DESIGNATORS-COMSEC AIDS (U)
DESIGNATORS

RELEASE
US-Identifies the
item as NOFORN

A-Identifies the
item as
authorized for
release to
specified Allies


**FORM

A-PUNCHED CARD
B-FLOPPY DISK
D-MAGNETIC CARD
E-MAGNETIC TAPE
F-MICROFICHE
I-VIDEO DISK
V-VIDEO CASSETTE

FUNCTIONAL
RELATIONSHIP
C-Two-Man Control
K-Cryptographic
H-Ancillary
M-Manufacturing
N-Noncryptographic
S-Special Purpose
W-Two-Man Control
Split Knowledge
Y-Split Knowledge
PURPOSE
A-Operational
B-Compatible Multiple Keying Variable
L-Logistics Combinations
M-Maintenance
R-Reference
S-Sample
T-Training
V-Developmental
X-Exercise
Z-"On the Air" Testing
TYPE AID
A-Authenticator
B-Diagnostic Test Program
C-Code/Cipher
D-Obsolete
E-Keying Variable, Floppy
F-Cryptovariable Program
G-General Publication
H-Call Sign and/or Freq. Change System
I-Recognition and/or Identification
J-Indicator List
K-Key List
L- Miscellaneous
M-Maintenance Manual
N-Computer Keying Material
O-Operating Manual
P-One-Time Pad
Q- Engineering Document
R-Rotor
S-Sealed Authentication System
T-Tape
U-PROMs/ROMs LSI Devices
V-Communications Electronics
Operations Instructions
W-CRIB
X-Smart Card
Y-Key Card
Z-Permuting Plug
MANUFACTURING
AIDS
B-Blue Line
C-Contour Notch Pattern
D-Floppy Disk
F-Checking Aid
G-Generation Program
K-Keying Specification
L-Miscellaneous
M-Manuscript
N-Negative
P-Page Proof Sys.
R-Repro Page
S-Sample
T-Tape (magnetic or punched)
W-Wiring Diagram

** Examples: Form, KAMF-XXX a maintenance manual in microfiche form; KAGD-XXX, a general document in mag card form. Note: This column should only be used when a COMSEC aid is being produced in some form other than paper and should not be used with manufacturing aids.

ANNEX G
TABLE OF DESIGNATORS
COMSEC SYSTEMS, EQUIPMENTS, AND ASSEMBLIES (U)

I. FUNCTION
C-COMSEC Equipment System
*G-General Purpose
K-Cryptographic
H-Crypto-Ancillary
M-Manufacturing
N-Noncryptographic
*S-Special Purpose

*Note: INACTIVE FOR FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS EXCEPT FOR CRYPTOPRODUCTION (MANUFACTURING), GENERAL PURPOSE. AND SPECIAL PURPOSE EQUIPMENT.
II. TYPE
G-Key Generation
I-Data Transmission
L-Literal Conversion
N-Signal Conversion
O-Multipurpose
P-Materials Production
S-Special Purpose
T-Testing, Checking
U-Television
W-Teletypewriter
X-Facsimile
Y-Speech
III ASSEMBLY
A-Advancing
B-Base or Cabinet
C-Combining
D-Drawer, Panel
E-Strip, Chassis
F-Frame, Rack
G-Key Generator
H-Keyboard
I-Translator, Reader
J-Speech Processing
K-Keying, Permuting
L-Repeater
M-Memory or Storage
O-Observation
P-Power Supply, Conver
R-Receiver
S-Synchronizing
T-Transmitter
U-Printer
V-Removable Comm. Security Component
W-Logic Programmer/ Programming
X-Special Purpose
IV. HOW TO COMPARE
1. Equipment. The nomenclature designator "TSEC" followed by a slant (/), and a digraph formed with letters from Column's I and II, thus TSEC/KG-Item Number for Cryptographic Key Generator.

2. Equipment System. The nomenclature designator "TSEC" followed by a slant (/) and digraph formed with the letter "C" from Column I and an appropriate letter from Column II, thus TSEC/CY-Item Number for COMSEC Equipment System, Speech, or TSEC/CU-Item Number for COMSEC Equipment System, Television ter

3. Equipment Assembly. The nomenclature designator "TSEC" preceded by a slant (/) and a trigraph formed with letters selected from Columns I, II, and III, thus KGP-Item Number/TSEC is a Power Supply used with a Cryptographic Key Generator. Also, Integrated COMSEC Device designators are selected from these columns, i.e., KGV-Item Number/TSEC is a removable key generator integrated into a particular communications system.

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