Re: NATO task force can't read Morse code?
When 500 was no longer monitored the U S Coast Guard closed its radio stations (NMA,NMC,NMG,and NMO) and while the Coasties had the the U S Navy guard for two or three years prior to the ceasing of the guard and so went code in the US. It is believed that satcom will always be available and suffice. Amateur operators still use code first as a challenge and secondly very low power operations because of the very narrow bandwidth gets through the noise. If one checks RadCom or QST, there will be found software for coding/decoding Morse via radio. There was a time that the US naval force had mast mounted infrared lamps to send traffic not for distribution to loitering trawlers. If with '50s technology this was available, the present day tech available should be able to adapt to a visual system. Will leave the rest to the student.
A Bertram Chandler wrote Science Fiction in the '69s and made the observation as the ship's systems became more interlinked that vessel handling became more dependent on a fuse some place. NOTE: A fuse has been defined as a 50 cent item protected by a million dollars of equipment. I haven't been able to locate the exact story to provide a real quote and would appreciate a reader to name the story however, I know it is not Sister Ships.