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COMBATDIV TWO (COMMANDER BATTLESHIP DIVISION 2) Norfolk, VA - Two Star Flag Rank - The Korean War Battleship Division re-established in the 1950's by recommissioning the Iowa class battleships.



USS IOWA (BB-61) 25 August 1951 - 24 February 1958


USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) 21 November 1950 - 21 August 1957


USS MISSOURI (BB-63) 11 June 1944 - 26 February 1955 (She had remained in service after WWII and was also the first to be decommissioned in the 1950's)


USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) 3 March 1951 - 8 March 1958


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PLANKOWNERS - US FIFTH FLEET Reactivated 1995 Carrier Group Three - USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) - CARRIER AIR WING ELEVEN (CVW-11)

 

Prior to the first Gulf War in 1990-1991, U.S. naval operations in the Persian Gulf region were directed by the Commander, Middle Eastern Force (COMMIDEASTFOR). Since this organization was considered insufficient to manage large scale combat operations during the Gulf War, the United States Seventh Fleet — primarily responsible for the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean and normally based in Japan — was given the temporary task of managing the force during the period. However, no numbered fleet existed permanently within the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. By July 1995, a new numbered fleet was deemed necessary. After a 48-year hiatus, the U.S. Fifth Fleet was reactivated, replacing COMMIDEASTFOR, and it now directs operations in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea. Its headquarters are at NSA Bahrain located in Manama, Bahrain.

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COMMANDER US NAVAL FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (NAVCENT), Three Star Flag Rank established in 1983 - Formerly Commander, Middle East Force (COMMIDEASTFOR)

 

United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is the United States Navy element of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). Its area of responsibility includes the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, and Arabian Sea. It consists of the United States Fifth Fleet and several other subordinate task forces, including Combined Task Force 150, Combined Task Force 158 and others.

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STRIKFORSOUTH's primary mission is to execute maritime power projection operations during peace or crisis in support of NATO objectives. It does this principally through the assets resident in Carrier Battle Groups, amphibious forces, and finally through its many cruise missile capable platforms.

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STRIKFORSOUTH is the only Headquarters in the Southern Region which may be assigned the triad of air, naval, and land forces, all of which are capable of responding immediately to the entire risk spectrum facing NATO. Subordinate commands include Task Force 502 (Carrier Forces), Task Force 503 (Amphibious Forces), Task Force 504 (Landing Forces), Task Force 505 (Logistics Forces), and Task Force 506 (Special Operations Forces).

 

Also made by Swiss Tex, 1970-1980

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USS BEKLNAP (CG-26) Class leader in service 1964 to 1995. Redesignated from DLG-26 to CG-26 in 1975


She was completely rebuilt from 1976 to 1980 after her collision with the JFK in the Med in 1975. Upon recommissioning she became the Sixth Fleet Flagship.



Commander US Sixth Fleet Mediterranean Sea Flagship (Stationed in Italy)



COMSIXTHFLT BATTLE SCHMOOZER - USS BELKNAP FIGHTING FLAGSHIP 1980's


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Chief of Naval Training - Training for Victory at Sea. Patch approved in July 1971 for VADM Malcom W. Cagle, first Chief of Naval Training 1971-1974

Commander, Naval Education and Training Command - The title was originally Chief of Naval Training. In October 1973 it was changed to Chief of Naval Education and Training. In March 2003, Chief of Naval Education and Training was disestablished, and Commander, Naval Education and Training Command was established.

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Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) (COMARSURVRECFORSIXFLT) - Two star command (note the PAX COMSOUTH insignia at the top), Sigonella, Sardinia, Italy

Fleet Air Mediterranean (COMFAIRMED)

Maritime Air Mediterranean (COMARAIRMED) Now known as Commander Maritime Air Force South (COMMARAIRSOUTH)

 

Task Force 67 is composed of land-based maritime patrol aircraft that operate over the waters of the Mediterranean in anti-submarine, reconnaissance, surveillance, and mining roles. Task Force 67′s official mission is to provide responsive, interoperable, and expeditionary combat ready maritime patrol aircraft and supporting forces to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA-C6F), NATO and Unified Commanders to conduct effective Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), maintain Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), enhance regional stability, promote cooperative maritime safety and security, and be decisive while conducting overseas contingency operations.

 

Italian made Cold War era patch, probably by Silvio Polidoro of Naples

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....and the Middle East Force afloat in Bahrain - another 2 star flag rank

More from the convoy escorts, Tanker War period, Persian Gulf 1980's Joint Task Force Middle East

Following the initial establishment of U.S. Central Command, the boundary between USCENTCOM and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) was the Strait of Hormuz. To direct forces of multiple services operating over the boundary, Joint Task Force Middle East was established on 20 September 1987

‘Guerrilla Warfare At Sea’: Persian Gulf, 1987-88

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