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Spruance class destroyer USS O'BANNON (DD-987)

 

Persian Gulf 1989 and 1995

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The newly converted P rovidence class guided missile cruiser USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG-7), ex-WWII Cleveland Class light cruiser (CL-66)

 

1961-1967 Mediterranean Flagship of the Commander of the Sixth Fleet, Naples, Italy

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HU-2 DET-59 FORRESTAL ANGELS

Med Cruise 64-65 "Red Carpet Service"

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USS SHANGRI LA (CVA-38) on her final WESTPAC Yankee Station cruise with CAW 8 embarked, she was decommissioned and scrapped the following year (1971)

 

1970 VIETNAM CASREP CRUISE (CASREP is the Navy's Casualty Report that provides commanders the status of all mission-critical parts that are on backorder)

Cruise book http://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv38-70/index.html

 

Elevator #3 - The Shaft - Steering - Radar - Port Cat - LOX Plant - Screws - DIW - Evaps - TACAN - Reefers

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USS BENNINGTON 1965 Vietnam Cruise and a Far East Cruise, both 9" Japanese made

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Reverse

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USS JOUETT (CG-29) WESTPAC - INDIAN OCEAN 1986 CIC patch

 

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Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest WESTPAC INDIAN OCEAN 1986 CIC GANG

 

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USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45) 1948 Round the World Cruise
 
Following the embarkation of Air Group 11 and intensive air and gunnery training in coastal waters, the aircraft carrier – flying the flag of Rear Admiral Harold L. Martin, Commander of Task Force 38 (TF 38) – got underway for Hawaii on 9 October. The task force devoted almost three months to training operations out of Naval Station Pearl Harbor before sailing for Australia on 16 January 1948. After a visit to Sydney, the American warships conducted exercises with units of the Royal Australian Navy and then steamed to Hong Kong.
 
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During a voyage from the British crown colony to Tsingtao, China, orders arrived directing the task force to return home via the Atlantic with her escorting destroyers. The ship continued the round-the-world trip with calls at Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, and Trincomalee, Ceylon. On 21 March 1948 at 0800, she was at 18-43'N and 64-33'E – half way around the world. She visited the Persian Gulf and anchored off the ARAMCO refinery in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia as a gesture of goodwill from the American government. On 25 March, the ship's complement "manned the rail" for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and officers attended a banquet given by Crown Prince of Damman. Rounding the Arabian peninsula, she became the largest aircraft carrier and the longest ship at that time to transit the Suez Canal. On 6 April she joined with the Mediterranean Fleet carrier Philippine Sea, cruisers Rochester, Manchester, Dayton, and six destroyers for three days of sea exercises.
 
After passing Gibraltar and entering the Atlantic Ocean, she set a course to Bergen, Norway. On 29 April, she moored in Bergen after a 25-mile (40 km) trip through the treacherous fjords with snow squalls reducing visibility to less than 100 ft at times. The crew paraded through the main part of the city, causing concern, as this was the way the German occupation entered in World War II. On 1 May, a "Mayday" parade and celebration was held; unfortunately for the crew, all local pubs were closed. Air Group 11 flew in parade formation over the Capital City of Oslo, spelling the name of King Haakon VII.
 
The ship was underway 4 May for Portsmouth, England; the historic base of the Royal Navy. After firing a 21-gun salute while passing the imposing HMS Duke of York, the ship was moored near the HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's Flagship. The Commander of 6th Fleet authorized 72-hour staggered liberty pass for all hands.
 
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Underway 13 May to New York; on 22 May entered the Lower New York Bay. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Louis Denfield, who was instrumental in initiating the World cruise, was welcomed aboard for a visit. Underway 27 May for the Panama Canal, she arrived 11 June in San Diego Bay.
 
In July 1948, new squadrons joined Valley Forge bringing with them the Navy's newly introduced aircraft, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, and the Navy's first jet fighters, the McDonnell F2H Banshee and the Grumman F9F Panther. These squadrons gave new capabilities to the ship. Intensive air operations and additional training and exercises commenced with the new aircraft

 

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Philippine made USS RANGER (CV-61) West Pac 1980-1981 Iranian Crisis cruise patch (note the yellow ribbon for the hostages)

 

TOP GUN IS A 10

 

A bit of Naval trivia, RANGER's nick-name was TOP GUN as shown on this patch, well before the 1986 movie was filmed on her decks

 

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TASK GROUP 70.4 1955-1956 ASW HUNTER KILLER (HUK) GROUP - TYPHOON SEASON - LOUISE, MARGE, NORA, OPAL, PATSY RUTH



USS POINT CRUZ (CVE-119) HUK TO BUCK-ANEERS - Commencement Bay class Escort Carrier


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USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) 6" x 6" Mediterranean Cruise 1980-1981, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, France, Egypt

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USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) The Big E - 1986 World Cruise - Any Fleet, Any Time - Pacific, Atlantic Indian Ocean, Suez, Mediterranean

 

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During this cruise the Big E 'chopped' with the First, Second, Third, Sixth and Seventh Fleets

 

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1986 25th Anniversary World Cruise Book https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cvn65-86/001.htm

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USS RAMSEY (FFG-2) Brooke class guided missile destroyer escort in service 1967 to 1988. She was redesignated from DEG-2 to FFG-2 in 1975

 

1976-1977 WESTPAC INDIAN OCEAN Cruise - 7" Round cruise jacket size

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USS PAUL F FOSTER (DD-964) Persian Gulf North Arabian Gulf Deployment 1992

 

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6" Jacket patch - Death points the way.....

 

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USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) Midway class carrier in service 1947 to 1990 Japanese made removed from a work jacket.

 

Far East Cruise 1963 - This was the end of an era, for the rest of the decade the Far East faded away and from 1964 on WESTPAC meant a Vietnam War cruise

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USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) Midway class carrier in service 1947 to 1990 Japanese made removed from a work jacket.

 

Far East Cruise 1963 - This was the end of an era, for the rest of the decade the Far East faded away and from 1964 on WESTPAC meant a Vietnam War cruise

Great looking patch

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USS SAMPSON (DDG-10) Charles F. Adams class in service 1961 to 1991. She was an Atlantic Fleet Cold Warrior and her final cruise was Desert Shield in 1990-1991 before heading to the scrapyard

 

On August 7, 1990 the Sampson deployed with the USS Saratoga battle group in support of Desert Shield/Storm. Once there the Sampson performed the final Adams class guided missile destroyer deployment as a unit of the Maritime Interception Force, conducting the first boarding and search of a merchant on 28 AUG 1990, during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and the first diversion of a ship with prohibited cargo. After conducting the first-ever exercise ASROC shot in the Red Sea, USS SAMPSON operated with ships of various NATO navies conducting surveillance and protection of shipping in the approaches to the Suez Canal. Sampson was decommissioned on 24 June 1991 exactly 30 years after commissioning,

 

Mediterranean Cruise 90-91 / Red Sea Operation Desert Shield

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