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MINE FORCE U.S. ATLANTIC FLEET

 

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USS FRIGATE BIRD (MSC-191) with the 'E'

USS WHIPPOORWILL (MSC-207)

USS LINNET (MSCO-24) 1955

 

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This one is easy to date.....

USS REDSTART (MSF-378) built as AM-378 1945

Reclassified MSF (Fleet Minesweeper - Steel Hull) in 1955, decommissioned in 1957

 

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USS CONFLICT (MSO-426)

Agressive class 1954-1972

 

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....and her long service sister ship

USS CONSTANT (MSO-427) Aggressive class in service 1954-1992

Vietnam era and her Desert Storm patch

 

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USS DOMINANT (MSO-431)

Dash class in service 1954-1982

 

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USS ENHANCE (MSO-437) Aggressive class in service 1954-1991

 

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USS ENHANCE (MSO-437) Aggressive class in service 1954-1991

Ace Novelty patch

 

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USS FORTIFY (MSO-446) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1992

WETSU We Eat This (Poop) Up and her Task Force 78 End Sweep patch

 

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USS IMPERVIOUS (MSO-449) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1991

This is her Persian Gulf patch - Pride Sweeps Deep

 

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USS IMPLICIT (MSO-455) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1994

'Market Time' Veteran - Welcome Aboard and UIM tab (rocker)

 

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...along with her sister ship

USS INFLICT (MSO-456) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1990

"The Mighty I" Market Time patch

 

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USS PLUCK (MSO-464) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1990

 

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USS CONQUEST (MSO-488) Aggressive class in commission 1955-1994

"The Checkmates" - Eight Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals for Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam & Persian Gulf

Veteran of Market Time - Eight Vietnam Service Medals

 

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USS GALLANT (MSO-489) and USS LEADER (MSO-490) both Aggressive class

 

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USS PLEDGE (MSO-492) Aggressive class in commission 1956-1994

The 2nd Pledge, her namesake (AM-277) was mined and sunk at Wonsan during the Korean War

 

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USS ESTEEM (MSO-438) Aggressive class in commission 1955-1991

 

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USS FEARLESS (MSO-442) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1990

selection of items from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf

 

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MOMAG - Mobile Mine Assembly Groups Nine and Eleven

 

Before 1975, mine shops around the world were divisions of various naval magazines or ordnance facilities. This arrangement frequently put the magazine's priorities above those of the mine shop's, resulting in Minemen often being assigned to divisions outside their rating. On 1 July 1975, the reorganization of the mine force resulted in the establishment of both the Commander, Mine Warfare Command (COMINEWARCOM) and the Com­mander, Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG). This reorganization established MOMAG detachments and units located around the world.

 

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How does the USN destroy mines in the 'modern age'?

One way is with a Mine Neutralization Charge Mark 77

 

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Delivered by the new generation of USN Minesweepers which replaced the Korean War era MSO's

 

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1900&ct=4

 

Avenger class Mine Countermeasure Minesweepers

 

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Commissioned just in time for the Persian Gulf and Desert Storm

 

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....and the new class of Costal Minehunter which could move closer inshore to clear waterways for maritime traffic

 

USS HERON (MHC-52) Osprey class in commission 1992-2007 (sold to Greece)

 

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Swept up some more.....

 

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USS SCOUT (MCM-8) Avenger class mine countermeasures ship commissioned in 1990

Veteran of Kosovo, Iraq & Hurricane Katrina

"Pathfinders - We Lead the Way"

 

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Mine Division 84 (MINDIV 84) 1950's Atlantic/Sixth Fleet based in Charleston South Carolina

Cut edge, unravelling a bit....."Get Und(er)way - Out"

 

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On 9/10/2015 at 9:30 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS PLUCK (MSO-464) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1990

 

Another USS PLUCK (MSO-464) 5" Japanese made, Late 50's early 60's (possibly an Ace Novelty)

 

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USS FIDELITY (MSO-443) Aggressive class 1955-1989

Atlantic/Sixth Fleet Ace Novelty

 

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Awesome patches. The USS FORTIFY (#51) from End Sweep is beautiful and Philippine made, like the original End Sweep TF-78 patches.

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Sister ship USS FIRM (MSO-444) In service 1954-1972

7th Fleet, Vietnam, Market Time - Transferred to the Philippine Navy

5" Japanese made, probably an Ace Novelty

 

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USS VIREO (MSC-205) In service 1955-1975

Pacific Fleet, Vietnam, Market Time, transferred to Fiji

Late 50's early 60's Japanese made 5" cut edge

 

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Awesome patches. The USS FORTIFY (#51) from End Sweep is beautiful and Philippine made, like the original End Sweep TF-78 patches.

 

Yep, that's a nice one. I usually look for those attributed to ships or ID'd to crewmen, this one met both measures.

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Bearmon posted this one earlier

 

Class Leader USS BLUEBIRD (MSC-121) 1953-1971

Atlantic Fleet, Sixth Fleet, homeported in Florida

nice 5" Japanese made, probably an Ace Novelty

 

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USS VIREO (MSC-205) Different versions, both Japanese made 1962 from the ship's CO

 

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Mine Division 43 Panama City, Florida

 

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MSO 429 USS DETECTOR Dash Class in service 1953 to 1982

 

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MSO 447 USS GUIDE - Aggressive Class in service 1955 to 1972

 

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6" cut edge circa 1962

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MSO 489 USS GALLANT - Aggressive Class in service 1955 to 1994

 

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MSO 981 USS PERSISTENT - Aggressive class in service 1956 to 1971 - patch circa 1962

 

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Most of the patches I've been posting today came from a career USN Mine Warfare officer who was XO and CO of several of these sweepers

 

MSO 508 USS ACME 003.jpg

 

His last assignment in Panama City was as CO of the USS ACME (MSO-508)

Class leader of the 'new' minesweepers. She was in service from 1956 to 1970

 

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Before he left the Panama City squadron in 1962, he collected these excellent Japanese patches as mementos of his service

 

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Is this a generic WWII minesweeper patch, or was it for a specific unit or squadron? It belongs to a Carpenters Mate 1/C aboard USS Saunter AM-295. She struck a mine in Manila Bay on 26 Feb. 1945. Crew saved her from sinking but never saw duty again.

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Is this a generic WWII minesweeper patch, or was it for a specific unit or squadron? It belongs to a Carpenters Mate 1/C aboard USS Saunter AM-295. She struck a mine in Manila Bay on 26 Feb. 1945. Crew saved her from sinking but never saw duty again.

. Yes, is is a generic, late war USNavy Mine Craft Personnel patch, worn on the left shoulder of jumpers
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here are some mine warfare related patches they fit here just as well as anywhere else I think.

Mine Countermeasures Unit Alpha

 

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Mobile Mine Assembly Group this is a big patch over 6 inches

 

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Plain old TF78 End Sweep

 

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USN Air Mine Defense Development Unit

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And the USS AFFRAY MSO 511

 

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here are some mine warfare related patches they fit here just as well as anywhere else I think.

Mine Countermeasures Unit Alpha

 

 

Cool design, never seen this one before. I like the END SWEEP design on it. I assume it has something to do with Haiphong & Suez/M.E. area.

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. Yes, is is a generic, late war USNavy Mine Craft Personnel patch, worn on the left shoulder of jumpers

 

Thanks for the answer, now I can let his grandson know.

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nice collection been looking for years for a mso 443 uss fidelity patch old or new to finnish my shadow box any ideas i check ebay every day that vietnom era one was on there but for big bucks if any knows where i can find the newer one with the bulldog or old one dont care send me a message please was on the fido from 85-87

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On 9/10/2015 at 9:19 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS IMPLICIT (MSO-455) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1994

'Market Time' Veteran - Welcome Aboard and UIM tab (rocker)

 

Found my mislaid USS IMPLICIT (MSO-455) Patch. Different pattern than Bearmon's post

 

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USS PHOEBE (MSC-199) Bluebird class motor minesweeper.  She spent her entire career overseas as Flagship of Mine Division 31, Mine Squadron 3, 7th Fleet in Sasebo, Japan. In service 1955 to 1975, she was a Veteran of Market Time operations from '65 to '69 Large Japanese made patch 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"

 

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