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USS Warbler MSC 206, the Warbler participated in Market Time in Vietnam

 

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USS Orleans Parish MCS 6 from 1959 to 1966 prior to that she was the LST 1069 after that she was the T LST 1069. Nice patch still on the Gemsco Card.

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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)

 

 

More from the USS HERON (MHC-52) Osprey class minehunter

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Current patch COMCMRON THREE - USS ARDENT (MCM-12), USS CHAMPION (MCM-4), USS SCOUT (MCM-8)

 

Mine Countermeasurers Squadron Three

 

Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three is one of three deployable U.S. MCM staffs that conduct integrated MCM operations anywhere in the world. The Mine Countermeasures Squadrons serve as tactical MCM commanders, working directly with fleet commanders, as well as serving as immediate superior in command (ISIC) for their assigned MCMs and MHCs.
The staff is comprised of twenty-two Officers and enlisted Sailors from these MCM communities who meld their experience into a cohesive professional team. This integrated concept of mine countermeasures utilizes airborne, surface, and diving units in concert. Sharing the strengths of each component of this MCM triad through precise navigation systems, the total effectiveness of this team of airmen, seamen, and divers is far greater than the sum of it's individual components. Integrated MCM operations are conducted under the command of this staff whose focus is always on training, safety, and the development of tactics.
The squadron is comprised of MCM's and MHC's. Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three is a subordinate Command of Mine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, TX. and homeported at U.S. Naval Station Ingleside, Ingleside, TX.

 

 

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USS WIDGEON (MSC-208) Bluebird class coastal minesweeper in service 1955 to 1969, homeport Sasebo, Japan for 13 years. Market Time minesweeper in Vietnam with six campaign stars.

 

From the mid-1960s, the ship commenced a regular schedule of deployments on "Operation Market Time" patrol stations in the coastal waters off South Vietnam, on patrol and interdiction to cut off the seaborne flow of supplies to the communist Viet Cong forces inside South Vietnam. During one such cruise in January 1967, while being diverted from an "Operation Market Time" patrol to conduct classified operations in the Gulf of Tonkin, the ship made the national news when she was rammed by a swordfish. Later during that same cruise, while the ship was crossing the South China Sea, she sighted a McDonnell F4-C Phantom crash into the sea. Widgeon altered course in time to rescue one man of the two-man crew. The other flier, the pilot, died in the crash. Commander, Naval Forces, Philippines, later cited Widgeon for her outstanding performance of duty during the rescue.
Widgeon returned to Sasebo on 17 February 1967, worn and beaten from heavy seas, and was under repairs during March and April. On 1 May, a Navy P-3 Orion patrol plane, with a crew of 12 men on board, crashed in the Tsushima Strait off the southern coast of Korea. Widgeon headed for the scene of the crash, transiting the hazardous Hirado Strait for search and rescue (SAR) operations. She searched for two days and recovered numerous bits of debris but was unable to locate any survivors or the fuselage of the plane. The minesweeper ultimately returned to Sasebo on 5 May, to commence refresher training.
Widgeon spent the months of July through September, on her sixth "Market Time" patrol and a cruise in the South China Sea. Departing Sasebo on 3 July, the minesweeper arrived at Bangkok, Thailand, on 15 July. She later operated with mine countermeasures units of the Royal Thai Navy in the Gulf of Thailand in a SEATO exercise, "Sea Dog," before she operated on "Operation Market Time" stations from 27 July to 12 September. When she arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on 16 September, the ship's crew had not touched land in 60 days. Widgeon subsequently spent the rest of the year engaged in local operations out of Sasebo and Buckner Bay, Okinawa, and made a visit to Hong Kong for rest and recreation.
Over the next two years, Widgeon continued her operations in the Far East and Southeast Asian waters. During that time, she conducted two "Operation Market Time" patrols for which she later received the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The award, given the ship on 16 August 1970, was for the period from 1 June 1968 to 13 September 1969. During that time, Widgeon served with the Mine Countermeasures Ready Group and Coastal Surveillance Forces in combat operations off the coast of South Vietnam. She maintained a consistently high standard of readiness that enabled her to assume assigned duties early or on very short notice, and she completed three stints on "Operation Market Time" patrol stations. She not only inspected or boarded over 1,100 vessels but, on occasion, returned "hostile" fire from shore and conducted underwater searches. Throughout the repeated patrol extensions, "the continually outstanding performance, high state of morale, preparedness, and ingenuity of the officers and men of USS Widgeon attested to their exceptional team spirit and professionalism. By their exemplary courage and dedication, they contributed significantly to the success of anti-infiltration efforts in the Republic of Vietnam and enhanced the reputation of the Mine Countermeasures Ready Group, thereby reflecting credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service."
Ultimately, after 13 years of continuous service in WestPac operating areas, Widgeon sailed for the United States on 17 August 1969, in company with Catskill, Vireo, and Warbler. Proceeding via Pearl Harbor, she arrived at Long Beach exactly one month later.

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MOMAG - MOBILE MINE ASSEMBLY GROUP
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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MOMAG UNIT TWELVE - Mobile Mine Assembly Group 12, Misawa, Japan

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MINE FLOTILLA ONE

Mine Flotilla (MinFlot) ONE was formed and COMINRON THREE reported to this Commander, who wore
both MinFlot1/MinRon 3 “hats” for it’s duration - until the early seventies. Mine Division 33 consisted of ten
MSL’s, a Mike Boat (LCM), an LCPR, and one LCVP. All three Mine Divisions reported to MinFlot 1/MinRon
3, as did a mine disposal/EOD function, and the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Surveillance Unit 12
(MIUWS 12), until a 1965 trip to DaNang, SVN when we dropped them off permanently for Vietnam duty. All
embarked units were transported aboard the USS Epping Forest MCS-7, and the MSC’s often sailed
independently, but convoyed with EF frequently to many WesPac destinations as a mine flotilla.

 

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USS PEACOCK (MSC-198) Bluebird class coastal minesweeper (ex-AMS-198) in service 1955 to 1975,  Pacific Fleet, Lebanon (1958), Taiwan Straits (Formosa 1958), Market Time Vietnam.

 

A 'Foreign Legion' vessel which served overseas for her entire active naval career.  Since her arrival in the Far East, homeported in Sasebo, Japan, Peacock traveled to such places as Hong Kong, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands, as well as numerous ports-of-call in Japan. She has regularly participated in Mine Exercises with the Navies of Japan, Korea, Nationalist China and the Republic of the Philippines. Peacock played an active role in Market Time Patrol off the coast line of Vietnam throughout the Vietnam War.

 

Peacock was the last of the Sasebo-based MSC's to depart Japan. She headed for Long Beach, California just after Christmas, 1970, for further assignment as a Reserve training ship. Peacock sailed "unaccompanied" from Sasebo to Taiwan where she laid over for New Years 1971. She then sailed to Subic Bay, PI where she hooked up with four MSO class minesweepers for the transit east. Off Johnston Island Peacock detached from the other ships and headed to Pearl Harbor on her own. Following a short stay in Pearl Harbor she departed for the last leg of the transit to her new homeport of Long Beach, CA. The total transit took 57 days.

 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3)
Combat Action Ribbon (1)
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation for Gallantry (4)
Vietnam Service Medal (8)

 

USS PEACOCK (MSC-198) Japanese made

 

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