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USS MARK (AKL-12) light cargo ship attached to Service Force, 7th Fleet - Game Warden, Market Time, Brown Water Navy RVN

 

Mark served as a unit in the Subic–Sangley Ferry Service until reclassified AKL-12 on 13 March 1949. Then, as a light cargo ship attached to Service Force, 7th Fleet, she carried cargo and passengers to various units of that fleet operating in the Philippines area. The ship was placed 'Out of Service' in 1956, but continued operations out of Subic Bay.
With the escalation of U.S. Forces activities in Southeast Asia in 1963-64, the range of her resupply missions were extended to include frequent cruises to the Republic of Vietnam. As a result of these trips, she was placed in a commissioned status on 1 October 1965, Lt. F. R. Sanderlin in command. For the next eight months she continued to operate from Subic Bay; but with each passing month, the length of her visits was increased. In June 1966 she commenced full-time operations in the combat area. In addition to supply missions the ship surveyed waters critical to operations in the Dinh River, Dong Nia River and Bassac River of the Mekong Delta.[5] From 1966 to 1969 Mark, with only one interruption for overhaul, kept vital supplies moving from Saigon and Vung Tau to the riverine and coastal surveillance forces conducting operations "Game Warden" and "Market Time".
On 1 July 1971 Mark was transferred to Taiwan where she served in the Republic of China Navy as the intelligence gathering ship Yung Kang (AKL 514).

 

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Well, we do wish to keep you warm and fuzzy.....

 

Quite possible it's a later copy and it's quite similar to the one posted on navsource The primary difference I've seen on these is the center globe and some have a capital L and others a lower case l

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USS CASCADE (AD-16) Destroyer Tender, only ship in it's class, in service 1943 to 1974

 

Hilborn Hamburger version made during her Cold War assignment as flagship Sixth Fleet. During this time Cascade served as flagship, and carried the flag of Commander, Service Force, 6th Fleet, and the flag of Commander, Destroyer Flotilla 6. She also served as flagship for Commander, Destroyer Force, Atlantic. She served in this role as flagship and tender up through 1963. From 1970 to 1974, the Cascade was forward deployed to the Mediterranean, homeported in Naples Italy.

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) "The Love Boat" - Yellowstone class destroyer tender in service 1981 to 1994

Cold War, USS STARK incident, Desert Shield-Desert Storm mining campaign

 

She was the first ship to house a wartime mixed sex crew and was unofficially nicknamed "The Love Boat" in the 1991 Persian Gulf War after 36 women (10% of women in crew) became pregnant during deployment

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) Yellowstone class destroyer tender named after Acadia National Park in service 1981 to 1994. Cold War, USS STARK incident, Desert Shield-Desert Storm mining campaign


Cut edge gold commissioning patch made by Swiss Tex circa 1981

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) Yellowstone class destroyer tender named after Acadia National Park in service 1981 to 1994. Cold War, USS STARK incident, Desert Shield-Desert Storm mining campaign

 

Cold War A-Gang (propulsion) Division patch 6" x 5"

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) Yellowstone class destroyer tender named after Acadia National Park in service 1981 to 1994. Cold War, USS STARK incident, Desert Shield-Desert Storm mining campaign

 

Although originally slated to deploy in January 1987, Acadia provided repair services to ships in the San Diego area into the spring. On 14 April, the tender sailed for the western Pacific, and after touching at Pearl Harbor (21 – 22 April) and Subic Bay (8 – 18 May), was en route to Diego Garcia when she was rerouted to the Persian Gulf.
An Iraqi Mirage F.1 had attacked and severely damaged the guided missile frigate Stark on 17 May 1987. The crippled ship had limped into Bahrain, where Acadia was dispatched soon thereafter. Between 1 and 27 June, Acadia provided berthing, messing, and repair services to Stark, "doing what she (Acadia) was designed to do, providing forward deployed support and battle damage repair..."

 

Merrowed edge patch circa 1987 received from a crewman aboard during the Stark Incident cruise.

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An Iraqi Mirage F.1 had attacked and severely damaged the guided missile frigate Stark on 17 May 1987. The crippled ship had limped into Bahrain, where Acadia was dispatched soon thereafter. Between 1 and 27 June, Acadia provided berthing, messing, and repair services to Stark, "doing what she (Acadia) was designed to do, providing forward deployed support and battle damage repair..."

 

USS STARK (FFG-31) On fire after being struck by the Iraqi Exocet missile 1987

USS ACADIA (AD-42) rendering repairs and assistance to USS STARK (FFG-31) in Bahrain 1987

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) Yellowstone class destroyer tender named after Acadia National Park in service 1981 to 1994. Cold War, USS STARK incident, Desert Shield-Desert Storm mining campaign

 

On 5 September 1990 the ship departed San Diego for the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. She was responsible for the first reload of shipboard Tomahawk missiles outside the continental U.S. while pierside in Mina Jebel Ali. The reload recipient was the guided missile destroyer John Paul Jones.

This was the first wartime deployment of a mixed male-female crew on a U.S. Navy combat vessel. Just over one third of her crew were women, which caused some controversy when during the course of the mission 1 in 10 of the female crew either became pregnant or discovered they already were.

On 30 October 1990, USS Iwo Jima sustained a catastrophic mechanical failure when a high pressure steam valve burst. This cost the lives of ten of the crew but repairs kept her fully operational for Desert Storm after six weeks of repairs by Acadia.

On 18 February 1991, the cruiser Princeton struck two influence mines in the Persian Gulf just forward of her after 5-inch (127 mm) gun mount during Operation Desert Storm, resulting in a cracked superstructure, a jammed port rudder and leaking port shaft seal. Despite severe damage to her stern, her forward weapon systems and Aegis combat system were back online within fifteen minutes. Princeton remained on station for 30 hours until relieved. Repairs in the Mina Jebel Ali near Dubai took five weeks, performed by the destroyer tender on duty: Acadia, after which Princeton returned to the United States under her own power for additional repairs.

The ship returned to San Diego from the deployment. Acadia received the Navy Unit Commendation for her exemplary service during the Gulf War.

 

USS ACADIA (AD-42) Desert Shield mining campaign

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USS ACADIA (AD-42) Desert Shield mining campaign 1990-1991 - ENGINEERS - If You're Not An Engineer, You're Just A Passenger

 

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