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Salvage Sailor

Adhering to USN policy, odd numbered Fleets were situated on the Port (West) coast and even numbered Fleets on the Starboard (East) coast

 

FIRST FLEET - Western Pacific regions 1946 to 1973 3 star flag rank

 

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After the Vietnam drawdown (1973) First Fleet morphed and the US THIRD FLEET

was reestablished in Hawaii to control the west coast and middle Pacific regions

3 star flag rank

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....from the North and South American coasts to the European and African continents

Second Fleet was disestablished in 2011 and is now part of Fleet Forces Command (shown earlier)

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Reaching into the Mediterranean Sea was the responsibility of the SIXTH FLEET

based in Italy. Another 3 star flag rank, it also had the Middle East under it's wings.

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Commander Naval Surface Force - Atlantic Fleet

The old and the new.....

 

 

Technically, those are the "old" and the "old"...when I worked on the admiral's staff from 2010 to 2011, he went on a purge to get rid of every emblem that said "US ATLANTIC FLEET" on it. He had almost some sacred determination about it. I went downstairs to talk to the flag cook one day and he was boxing up all our old flag mess mugs. I asked him why he was and it was because the admiral wouldn't allow them to be used anymore because of the emblem so he was ordered to throw them out. Needless to say, five years later, I still drink coffee almost every day out of them. ;)

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During the 60's and 70's this was considered isolated duty aboard the USS LASALLE (AGF-3)

The Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast. This was a little game played with the Middle East nations,

we were afloat, so we weren't really present on their precious lands.

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Technically, those are the "old" and the "old"...when I worked on the admiral's staff from 2010 to 2011, he went on a purge to get rid of every emblem that said "US ATLANTIC FLEET" on it. He had almost some sacred determination about it. I went downstairs to talk to the flag cook one day and he was boxing up all our old flag mess mugs. I asked him why he was and it was because the admiral wouldn't allow them to be used anymore because of the emblem so he was ordered to throw them out. Needless to say, five years later, I still drink coffee almost every day out of them. ;)

 

Having also served on a command staff, I hear you Dave....not much changes and the closer one gets to Washington, the deeper the ......

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LASALLE was later redesignated from LPD-3 to AGF-3. One of the empty threats our chiefs would toss out was reassigning us to either the La Salle or Diego Garcia when we would mess up

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Another Flagship of the Middle East Force was the CORONADO (AGF-11) previously (LPD-11)

The Ivory Beast of the Middle East - She was also painted white to lessen the effects of the Arabian sun

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Plus the joint commands, COMSTANAVFORLANT (SNFL) or 'sniffle',

STRIKE FLEET ATLANTIC and CINCWESTLANT

These were headed by provisional Comodores, a rarely used one star USN rank rather than Rear Admirals

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Pacific Fleet Naval Air Force

Hawaii (First/Third Fleet) and Westpac (Seventh Fleet)

 

I'm sure there are more I've overlooked, so please add yours to the thread

PACIFIC FLEET AIR 001.jpg

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