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#1 Salvage Sailor

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 11:59 AM

Aloha Everyone,

 

In 1975 the US Navy celebrated it's 200th Birthday which continued into the 1976 United States of America Bicentennial.  During this time period all commissioned USN vessels flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' Snake Jack on the bows of our ships and many commands made patches to commemorate the Bicentennial.

 

These are from my personal collection that I picked up during my service days circa 1975-1976 plus others I've collected in subsequent years.  Feel free to add your own examples to the topic.

 

First up, this is the hard to find USN 200th Birthday 1775-1975 patch made by Gemsco in gold

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  • USN Bicentennial USS KITTY HAWK 1975 jack 001.jpg

Edited by Salvage Sailor, 31 May 2018 - 04:04 PM.
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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:01 PM

This is the commercial version sold to the public but also available in ships stores and Navy exchanges

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:03 PM

This is the Swiss Tex 1975 Long may it Wave Flag patch

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:05 PM

1976 Bicentennial Liberty Bells

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:06 PM

1976 Bicentennial Liberty Bells

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:10 PM

USN Cruise Jacket flags

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:15 PM

Original USN Nuclear Task Group '75 - North Atlantic Cruise August-September 1975

 

USS NIMITZ (CVAN-68) Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked

USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) Nuclear Cruiser

USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) Nuclear Submarine

 

USS Nimitz and USS South Carolina got underway from Norfolk, VA August 19, 1975 and rendezvoused five days later with USS Seahorse at sea. Nimitz and South Carolina arrived in Norfolk on September 15, 1975. Ports of Call included Wilhelmshaven/Bremerhaven in (then) West Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland, where teams from Nimitz and South Carolina participated in the world-famous Braemer Games; and Portsmouth, England. Exercises were conducted with the West Germans, NATO's Standing Naval Force, and with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including four RAF F-4s that operated from the Nimitz, in Exercise NIMEX. The November 1975 issue of All Hands covered the cruise in great detail.

 

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:19 PM

One of my Salvage sister ships USS COCOPA (ATF-101) Commissioned in 1943, note the official 1976 Bicentennial logo

 

"Keep on Tuggin' Grandma"

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:21 PM

USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) W Division, Keepers of the Nuclear Dragon 1976

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:23 PM

USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), Namesake of the famous American Revolution 38 gun Frigate

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:24 PM

USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) 1975 Ball Cap Patch

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:30 PM

1976 Nimitz Nuclear Task Group Mediterranean Sea Swiss Tex

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:31 PM

USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) Bicentennial Med Cruise 1976

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:38 PM

While the USA partied it up in July 1976, the USS SARATOGA Battle Group was offshore during the 1976 Beirut Crisis steaming back and forth, back and forth at imaginary Point Esther in the Mediterranean for 40 days and nights.  Many forget the earlier Beirut Crisis days of 1976 (and 1957 too)

 

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) 1976 Bicentennial Med Cruise Point Esther

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:39 PM

USS RANGER (CV-61) Gaggle Patch 1976

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), Her battle group was also dispatched to the Med in 1975-1976

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:46 PM

USN Attack Squadron VA-76 aboard USS ENTERPRISE

North Atlantic-Mediterranean Cruise 1975-1976, a busy time in the Med for the USN

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:48 PM

Not to overlook our shipmates in the USNR, 

1976 VR-55 Bicentennial Minute Men

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 03:38 PM

One of my Salvage sister ships USS COCOPA (ATF-101) Commissioned in 1943, note the official 1976 Bicentennial logo
 
"Keep on Tuggin' Grandma"


Great looking patches. Is that the Granny from PLAYBOY?

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 04:27 PM

Naval Communication Area Master Station,  NAV CAMS Guam.. 

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 04:50 PM

Great looking patches. Is that the Granny from PLAYBOY?

 

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 04:50 PM

Naval Communication Area Master Station,  NAV CAMS Guam.. 

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Nice one Bearmon



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:51 AM

While the USA partied it up in July 1976, the USS SARATOGA Battle Group was offshore during the 1976 Beirut Crisis steaming back and forth, back and forth at imaginary Point Esther in the Mediterranean for 40 days and nights.  Many forget the earlier Beirut Crisis days of 1976 (and 1957 too)

 

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) 1976 Bicentennial Med Cruise Point Esther

 

1976 Bicentennial Beirut crisis patch

 

AMID USS SARATOGA (CV-60) Med Cruise 1976

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:54 AM

1976 American Revolution Bicentennial 

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:56 AM

The other Gemsco U.S. Navy 1775-1975 Bicentennial patch and the USMC version

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  • USMC Bicentennial Gemsco 001.jpg



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