* Timeline researched and created by Brian-Joseph Baker, Toledo OH
* PISCES elements of timeline excerpted from 'The Black Seal #2' with permission.
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Late 1986, early 1987 a media furore blew up around a top secret project code-named ZIRCON, and the British government attempted to ban what reporter Duncan Campbell had uncovered. Campbell had discovered the planned existence of a spy satellite to be deployed over the Soviet Union, costing tens of millions of pounds. ZIRCON had been planned as a response to the 1982 Falklands Conflict and Britain’s dependence on the United States, when GCHQ was forced ‘borrow’ the NSA’s South American spy satellite for short periods to gather intelligence from Argentina. ZIRCON was cancelled in February 1987 when Britain bought into the NSA spy satellite scheme.

ZIRCON was budgeted for £100 million annually; approximately a third of GCHQ’s budget at that time and approximately equivalent to MI6’s. One of the main reasons for this enormous cost was that PISCES was attempting to conceal its funding within the project’s estimates. Previously PISCES’ funding had always been concealed within a number of secret projects but in this instance the existence of a single project was revealed. A review of PISCES funding was undertaken, and a new income source was selected: significant money could be derived from
retro-engineering products from the intelligence that PISCES had uncovered in the course of its investigations. In 1989, two years after ZIRCON was blown, PISCES was reconstituted as ‘Severn Aerospace Limited’.
‘R’ – the Director of PISCES
There have been nine R’s in the history of PISCES:
1. Commander Fredrick Ramsey (1916-1932). Originally assigned to the Royal Navy’s Project DELPHI. Resigned his commission in 1900. Recruited to head the Special Reconnaissance Section (MI13) in 1916 becoming the first ‘R’. Died of a heart attack in April 1932. (Delta Green: Countdown pp 13-15).
2. Lt-General David Cornwall (1932-1955). As an Army Captain led expeditionary force against ghouls in France. As a Major posted as a military attaché to Istanbul he fought the Brotherhood of the Skin (see Horror on the Orient Express). Resigned his commission in 1926 under FO pressure, but joined MI13 in 1927. Assigned to head MI13 in May 1932 after the death of Ramsey. Promoted to Colonel and Director of PISCES when it was formed on 26 June 1940, and promoted to Lieutenant General in 1953. His knighthood was received in 1955, and he retired from PISCES; dying in 1961, the causes of which remain controversial. (Delta Green: Countdown pp 14-21).
3. General Stewart Collier (1956-1959). Appointed Director of PISCES in 1955. Dismissed 1959 due to possible links to the Cambridge spy ring. The ‘official’ reason was listed as ‘ill health’. Died in 1978.
4. Brigadier-General Sir Charles Balfour (1959-1969). Recruited into PISCES in 1942. As Brigadier-General, he became the Director of PISCES in 1959. He was knighted and retired from PISCES in 1969. Current location: Private retirement home. (Delta Green: Countdown pp 21-22;40-41).
5. Sir Alan Hopkinson (1969-1975). First civilian Director of PISCES. Replaced in 1975, possibly at the ‘request’ of the new Prime Minister Harold Wilson in exchange for a conciliatory Knighthood. Died in 1991.
6. Sir Michael Wellington (1975-1982). An ineffectual political appointee, PISCES became incompetent and complacent under his leadership. Dismissed by the Thatcher government in 1983 following the re-organization of the intelligence services after their failure to predict the Argentinean invasion of the Falkland Islands. Current location: Estate in Bahamas.
7. Admiral John Tremayne (1983-1987). Appointed Director in 1983, Tremayne was previously a senior officer in NID. He had little previous experience of the paranormal. Attempted to introduce reform in PISCES. His death was reported as suicide in December 1987.
8. Sir Colin Woodall (1988-1994). Appointed Director in 1988, Woodall was a career PISCES agent. He expanded PISCES’ domestic counter-terrorism and counter-subversion roles. He was knighted in 1992, and had a mental breakdown in 1994. Current location: ‘a Government care facility’.
9. Lady Marjorie Rittingham (1994-present). Recruited into PISCES in 1980, and became Director of PISCES in 1994. (Delta Green: Countdown pp 31-32).


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