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GROUNDHOG STATION, Mogadishu, Somalia, 90 miles offshore

 

Referring to unpleasant, unchanging, repetitive situations as "Groundhog Day" was widespread throughout the U.S. military very soon after the movie's release in February 1993. A magazine article about the aircraft carrier USS America mentions its use by sailors in September 1993. Around the same time, the movie was a favorite of soldiers in Mogadishu, who identified with the protagonist's situation. By March 1994, there was a defensive zone in Somalia called Groundhog Station. In February 1994, the crew of the USS Saratoga referred to its deployment in the Adriatic Sea, in support of Bosnia operations, as Groundhog Station.

 

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RED SEA YACHT CLUB - OPERATION DESERT SHIELD 1990

 

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) - The Saratoga Task Force was on deployment in the Eastern Med before the outbreak of hostilities in Iraq. Saratoga along with embarked airwing CVW-17 participated in Operation Desert Storm primarily in the Red Sea. Saratoga based US Navy SEALs conducted the first wartime boardings of merchant shipping in the Red Sea in support of Operation Desert Shield.

 

CV 60 USS SARATOGA 1990 Desert Shield Red Sea Yacht Club 001.jpg

 

CV 60 USS SARATOGA 1990 Desert Shield Red Sea Yacht Club 002.jpg

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USS WILLIAM H. STANDLEY (CG-32) Belknap class in service 1966 to 1994

 

MEF Middle East Force (Tanker War) 1989

 

CG 32 USS WILLIAM H STANDLEY 017.jpg

 

Auxiliaries Division Persian Gulf Yacht Club

 

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GONZO STATION - IRANIAN CRISIS 1979 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) - Cut edge Japanese made. MIDWAY was the first Foreign Legion carrier of the 7th Fleet based at Yokosuka, Japan

 

CV 41 USS MIDWAY Gonzo Station 1979 Iranian Crisis 001.jpg

 

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A decade later......

 

USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Desert Shield 1990 Persian Gulf Yacht Club

 

CV 41 USS MIDWAY Desert Shield PGYC 001.jpg

 

CV 41 USS MIDWAY Desert Shield PGYC 002.jpg

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Persian Gulf Highway Patrol - 1980's

 

Soon after we began staging P-3s in the Persian Gulf to fly nighttime patrols, patches began appearing, like this Persian Gulf Highway Patrol. Despite the humor, our patrol planes were attacked from time to time, mostly by small caliber fire from Iranian oil drilling platforms and Boghammer patrol boats operated by the Iranian Guards.

 

 

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PERSIAN GULF HARBOR PATROL - Desert Storm, 1990

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 90 004.jpg

 

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 90 Persian Gulf Harbor Patrol 002.jpg

 

USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) Last of the Forrestal class in service 1959 to 1998

 

Mother ship of the Persian Gulf Harbor Patrol - Desert Storm 1990 Cruise

 

In June 1990, with Carrier Air Wing 14 embarked, Independence departs San Diego on a routine WESTPAC. On 2 August, in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Independence was sent to deter further Iraqi aggression during Operation Desert Shield. Arriving on station in the Gulf of Oman on 5 August, Independence was the first carrier to enter the Persian Gulf since 1974. The ship remained on station for 112 days and permanently reestablished a U.S. naval presence in the region. She returned to San Diego on 20 December 1990.

 

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USS BELKNAP (DLG-26) Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Club, 1970's.- When you care enough to send the very best.

 

She collided with the JFK off of Sicily in 1975 and after reconstruction was redesignated as CG-26

 

DLG 26 USS BELKNAP Mediterranean Yacht Club 001.jpg

 

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USS AMERICA (CV-66) Kitty Hawk class supercarrier in service 1965 to 1995

1982-1983 Mediterranean/Red Sea cruise patches made by Swiss Tex

 

CV 66 USS AMERICA MEDITERRANEAN YACHT CLUB 82 83 Swiss Tex 001.jpg

 

Mediterranean Yacht Club & Suez Canal

 

CV 66 USS AMERICA SUEZ CANAL 83 Swiss Tex 001.jpg

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On 6/22/2019 at 9:55 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS WILLIAM H. STANDLEY (CG-32) Belknap class in service 1966 to 1994

 

MEF Middle East Force (Tanker War) 1989, Auxiliaries Division Persian Gulf Yacht Club

 

More from the convoy escorts, Tanker War period, Persian Gulf 1980's Joint Task Force Middle East

 

Following the initial establishment of U.S. Central Command, the boundary between USCENTCOM and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) was the Strait of Hormuz. To direct forces of multiple services operating over the boundary, Joint Task Force Middle East was established on 20 September 1987

 

‘Guerrilla Warfare At Sea’: Persian Gulf, 1987-88

 

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GONZO STATION - Iranian Crisis USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) Indian Ocean deployment 1980-1981

Medical Department, Philippine made

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Gonzo Station Medical 001.jpg

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Gonzo Station Medical 002.jpg

 

From the same cruise......

 

USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) Indian Ocean Cruise 1980-1981, Pollywog/Shellback line crossing, Iranian Crisis

Philippine made

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Shellback Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 001.jpg

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Shellback Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 002.jpg

 

......and the 1980-1981 INDIAN OCEAN YACHT CLUB from the same Iranian Crisis cruise

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 001.jpg

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 002.jpg

 

....and for kicks, their Indian Ocean Line Crossing patch (Pollywog-Shellback) probably made by Swiss Tex

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Shellback Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 003.jpg

 

CV 62 USS INDEPENDENCE WESTPAC 80 Shellback Indian Ocean Iranian Crisis 004.jpg

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USS STUMP (DD-978) Spruance class destroyer in service 1978 to 2004

 

(Persian) GULF PATROL in the Iraq/Iran Warzone 1982-1983 just prior to the first Tanker War

 

DD 978 USS STUMP 1982 1983 War Zone Gulf Patrol 001.jpg

 

WARZONE GULF PATROL

 

DD 978 USS STUMP 1982 1983 War Zone Gulf Patrol 002.jpg

 

DD 978 USS STUMP Swiss Tex 001.jpg

 

 

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On 4/18/2018 at 9:21 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

Bagel Station, Lebanon - Beirut Crisis 1983

 

Consequently, the USN began concentrating larger ships off the Lebanese coast, moving the carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) from a station off Libya to a new station east of Cyprus, named “Bagel”. The carrier arrived accompanied with the helicopter carrier USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), which had the troops of the 24th MEU aboard......

 

.....Meanwhile, the Americans continued their efforts to reinforce the Lebanese Army, supplying it even with a number of M-48 Patton MBTs, and supporting its operations by heavy artillery, in turn making the Lebanese Muslims – and their Iranian and Syrian supporters – even more nervous. Nevertheless, it still came as a terrible surprise when the MNF-troops were hit by a new form of warfare: on 23 October 1983 a suicide-bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the headquarters of the US Marine compound in Beirut and detonated his murderous load. The terrible explosion completely obliterated the building, killing 241 US troops in the process. Only few seconds later a similar vehicle hit the Headquarters of the French troops in Beirut, killing 58. The MNF troops did not properly recover from these blows, when in another similar assault against an Israeli security post in Tyre, on 4 November 1983, 23 Israeli troops were killed as well.

 
The USA seems not to have had a clear idea how and against who to react at the time, but the French felt it was time for another air raid against one of Druze or Syrian positions. On 17 November 1983 ten Super Etendards bombarded carefully selected bases of the Shi’ia Militia and the Iranians in the Balbek, while four hit the main base of the Jihad-al-Islami – the organization that took the responsibility for bombings of US and French headquarters – with napalm bombs. The French fighter-pilots were confronted by a considerable amount of flak and several SA-7s and their attack was not especially precise, most of their bombs landing in the nearby vineyards. The Shi’ia losses were nevertheless heavy. In the following days the USN reinforced its units off Lebanon, by deploying the carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and her combat group to the Bagel Station.

 

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More from Bagel Station, Lebanon - Beirut Crisis 1983

 

The USA seems not to have had a clear idea how and against who to react at the time, but the French felt it was time for another air raid against one of Druze or Syrian positions. On 17 November 1983 ten Super Etendards bombarded carefully selected bases of the Shi’ia Militia and the Iranians in the Balbek, while four hit the main base of the Jihad-al-Islami – the organization that took the responsibility for bombings of US and French headquarters – with napalm bombs. The French fighter-pilots were confronted by a considerable amount of flak and several SA-7s and their attack was not especially precise, most of their bombs landing in the nearby vineyards. The Shi’ia losses were nevertheless heavy. In the following days the USN reinforced its units off Lebanon, by deploying the carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and her combat group to the Bagel Station.

 

BAGEL STATION USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)  Beirut, Lebanon 1983

 

CV 67 USS JOHN F KENNEDY 1983 1984 Med Cruise Bagel Station Lebanon 001.jpg

 

CV 67 USS JOHN F KENNEDY 1983 1984 Med Cruise Bagel Station Lebanon 002.jpg

 

 

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Yes, it's the actual (NAS) Barbers Point Flying Club, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Barbers Point Flying Club 001.jpg

 

Honolulu to the right, Barbers Point to the left, Pearl Harbor in the center

 

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Here's a seldom mentioned place in the Tonkin Gulf (And it's also an "I was there" Gulf of Tonkin Incident patch)

 

1964 SHASTA SHOALS - Where the USN carriers dumped their Shasta soda cans for a decade in the Tonkin Gulf off of the shores of 'French Indo China' from the 'Passage to Freedom' in 1954 to just prior to the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident.  Shasta Shoals was later engulfed, pun intended, by the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, but the Saline Sailors were there first.

 

CVA 14 USS TICONDEROGA SHASTA SHOALS VIETNAM 1964 001.jpg

 

USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14)  Essex class carrier in service 1944 to 1973

 

Vietnam Pre-conflict operations
From 1958–1963, Ticonderoga made four more peacetime deployments to the western Pacific. During each, she conducted training operations with other units of the 7th Fleet and made goodwill and liberty port calls throughout the Far East. Early in 1964, she began preparations for her sixth cruise to the western Pacific and, following exercises off the west coast and in the Hawaiian Islands, the carrier cleared Pearl Harbor on 4 May for what began as another peaceful tour of duty in the Far East. The first three months of that deployment brought normal operations—training and port calls.

 

CVA 14 USS TICONDEROGA SHASTA SHOALS VIETNAM 1964 002.jpg

 

Gulf of Tonkin incident
On 2 August, while operating in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin, the destroyer Maddox reported being attacked by units of the (North) Vietnam People's Navy. Within minutes of her receipt of the message, Ticonderoga dispatched four, rocket-armed F8E Crusaders to the destroyer's assistance. Upon arrival, the Crusaders launched Zuni rockets and strafed the North Vietnamese craft with their 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon. After the efforts of Ticonderoga and Maddox, one boat was left dead in the water and the other two damaged.

 

Two days later, late in the evening of 4 August, Ticonderoga received urgent requests from the destroyer Turner Joy — by then on patrol with Maddox — for air support in resisting what the destroyer alleged to be another torpedo boat foray. The carrier again launched aircraft to aid the American surface ships, and Turner Joy directed them. The Navy surface and air team believed it had sunk two boats and damaged another pair.

 

President Lyndon Johnson responded with a reprisal to what he felt at the time to be two unprovoked attacks on American seapower and ordered retaliatory air strikes on selected North Vietnamese motor torpedo boat bases. On 5 August, Ticonderoga and Constellation launched 60 sorties against four bases and their supporting oil storage facilities. The USN attacks reportedly resulted in the destruction of 25 PT-type boats, severe damage to the bases, and almost complete razing of the oil storage depot. For her quick reaction and successful combat actions on those three occasions, Ticonderoga received the Navy Unit Commendation.

 

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I've always been partial to this Japanese made TGYC pattern with the flags

 

USS ORISKANY (CVA-34) Korean war/Vietnam war Essex class in service 1950 to 1976

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY VIETNAM CRUISE TGYC 002.jpg

 

TONKIN GULF YACHT CLUB

Hawaii - Japan - USA - United Nations (Korea/Taiwan Straits) - Philippines - RVN Multiple Tonkin Gulf tours at Dixie & Yankee Station

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY VIETNAM CRUISE TGYC 003.jpg

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY VIETNAM CRUISE TGYC 001.jpg

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY 1971 CRUISE 001.jpg

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY 1971 CRUISE 002.jpg

 

CVA 34 USS ORISKANY SET 1971 001.jpg

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