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NAVAL FACILITY GRAND TURK - October 1954 - March 1980

 

Naval Facility Grand Turk was commissioned 23 October 1954. The island was named after a species of indigenous cactus resembling a Turkish fez. Early visitors of note were Ponce De Leon (official discoverer of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1512), possibly Christopher Columbus, and Lord Nelson, the famous British Admiral who battled the French as a young lieutenant. Worldwide attention was focused on Grand Turk in 1962 when Astronauts LT COL John Glenn and CDR Scott Carpenter were welcomed back to terra firma here on the island after completing their space flights in their Friendship Seven and Aurora space crafts. Since then Grand Turk has been visited by former President Lyndon Johnson and Queen Elizabeth on their respective tours of the Caribbean. NAVFAC Grand Turk was decommissioned 31 March 1980.

 

Source: U.S. Navy https://www.public.navy.mil/subfor/cus/Pages/NAVFAC_Grand_Turk.aspx

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Naval Intelligence Processing System Training Facility (NIPSTRAFAC) - Intel Geek school established in 1975 at Key West Florida for the then new IS rating (Intelligence Specialist)

 

NIPTRAFAC - NAVAL INTELLIGNCE PROCESSING SYSTEM TRAINING FACILITY The Naval Intelligence Processing System (NIPS) organization had its inception as a department within Reconnaissance Attack Squadron THREE (RVAH-3) in the mid-60's at NAS Sanford, Florida. As part of the original North American Rockwell developed Integrated Air Intelligence System (IAIS), the Surface Sub-System (SSS), later designated the Integrated Operational Intelligence Center (IOIC), was installed aboard several Attack Carriers to process and exploit the photographic and electronic "take" of the RA-5C Vigilante, then the Navy's new multi-sensor reconnaissance aircraft. Air Intelligence Officers, Photographic Interpreters and Photographers Mates, Data Processors, Aviation Electronic Technicians and Radarmen (later replaced with Cryptologic Technicians) were trained to provide intelligence analysis and support. By 1969, the training of officers and enlisted personnel for the IOIC, which had expanded under the impetus of intelligence developments in support of Vietnam operations, and new CVA/CVAN acquisitions, resulted in the commissioning of the Naval Intelligence Processing System Training Facility (NIPSTRAFAC), on 1 July 1969, as a separate command within the Reconnaissance Wing shortly after the Wing's move to NAS Albany, Georgia. NIPSTRAFAC is the sole training center for the NIPS. When NAS Albany, Georgia was closed, NIPSTRAFAC moved to NAS Key West, Florida, on 16 January NIPSTRAFAC's mission is three-fold. First, and the principal mission, is to train officers and enlisted personnel for duty in, or associated with, the Naval Intelligence Processing System; including CV, CVN, LCC, and LHA Intelligence Centers. The second mission has, until FY-80, involved providing operational and training support to Commander, Reconnaissance Attack Wing ONE, and the RA-5C Vigilante squadrons based at NAS Key West. The third mission is to conduct Test and Evaluation (T&E) of NIPS software/hardware programs and photographic related equipment as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Naval Material or the Commander, Naval Electronic Systems Command. A closer look at these three missions are as follows: 1. In the training of critical rates charged with operating and maintaining the NIPS Intelligence Centers afloat, the NIPSTRAFAC curriculum is presently divided into seventeen separate courses of instruction, which are from 1-38 weeks in length. Periodically, special maintenance courses are offered to update fleet personnel, as new equipment is added to the NIPS system. In addition, during FY-80, NIPSTRAFAC plans to commence Modular Image Interpretation Station, Color Closed Circuit Television and KG-28 Chip Copy Camera operator and maintenance courses.

 

 

First version of NIPTRAFAC patch when they were established at NAS Albany, Georgia in 1969 prior to their 1975 move to Key West Florida

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Here's another tough one to find as the complement was very small while it was operational

 

NAVFAC BARBADOS - The Naval Facility (NAVFAC) Barbados, TWI was a naval base which was commissioned on 1 October 1957, with a complement of about 12 officers and about 88 enlisted personnel. It was located at site of Harrison's Point, in the Parish of Saint Lucy in the British colonial territory of Barbados of the West Indies. The facility opened about one-month following the U.S. Navy Facility established in the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. NAVFAC Barbados was operated by the United States Navy for twenty-two years and was officially decommissioned on 31 March 1979.

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US NAVAL FACILITY CAPE HATTERAS (NAVFAC CAPE HATTERAS) January 1956 - June 1982

 

Naval Facility Cape Hatteras was commissioned 11 January 1956. It was located near Buxton, North Carolina, adjacent to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. The island is a sandy spit, separated from the mainland by Pamlico Sound, known for its frequent and severe storms. The Diamond Shoals surrounding the island claimed more than 600 ships over the years, resulting in Hatteras being called the “graveyard of ships.” Although considered relatively isolated, personnel enjoyed movies, bowling, surf and pier fishing, fresh water fishing and hunting. NAVFAC Cape Hatteras operated for over twenty-six years and was decommissioned 30 June 1982.

 

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NAVFAC KEFLAVIK - US Naval Facility Keflavik, Iceland March 1966 - December 1996
Naval Facility Keflavik, Iceland was commissioned 1 March 1966 with a compliment of only nine officers and sixty-nine enlisted personnel. At its peak of operations, the command grew to 15 officers and 163 enlisted personnel. The Naval Facility was located in the midst of a lava rock field and came to be known by many as the “Dark Side of the Moon;” particularly fitting in the winter months when darkness prevailed. Once off the base however, the island of Iceland was a site seers paradise where numerous glaciers, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, and natural formations abounded. Over the years, Naval Facility Keflavik earned a global reputation for outstanding professionalism and stellar conduct of its operational mission. NAVFAC Keflavik was decommissioned on 13 December 1996, after 30 years of dedicated service.

 

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Note, Hatteras, N.C. was called, “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. No patch of Northwest , Va.?????

Check the Spooks and Sparks thread I think I posted a few from NOrthwest in there.

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I was wondering if anyone was familiar with this school as there is nothing on the Internet concerning the United States Naval Advance Undersea Weapons School. The patch has what looks like a surface ship superimposed upon a Mark 8 SDV with an aircraft and a submarine attacking the surface craft. The top most orbit has a paper scroll symbolizing a school. This patch has some age to it maybe 1960s through 1980s. So my question is did Seal Team members from SDVT-1 and SDVT-2 attend this school?

 

 

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Nice Patch

 

It's early 1960's from the USAUWS in Key West, Florida. The school was primarily for ASW rates (sonarmen, torpedomen, etc)

 

From a torpedoman's 1960 navy memoirs: "From boot camp it was on to the United States Naval Advanced Undersea Weapons School in Key West, Florida. This was to be only the first of several trips to this school learning the latest in high tech weaponry."

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More from his pages:

 

After boot camp it was off to Key West, Florida for what would turn out to be the first of many classes in advanced undersea weapons. Unlike my previous public school education, I managed to graduate first in every class I took in the Navy.

Advanced Undersea Weapons School
Here they taught everything from basic electronics to high tech rocket launched homing torpedoes to atomic warheads. I signed up for everything I could get. By the time I was 18 I knew how to prepare weapons that could sink almost anything afloat. The part of the Navy base that housed the school also housed an anti-submarine helicopter squadron. Our barracks was next to the airfield.
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Many thanks for finding this information for me. Based on what I could find on the Internet the Mark 8 SDV was designed for clandestine underwater transportation of combat swimmers. It was not designed to attack shipping directly other than getting combat swimmers close to a target where they would then swim off and place limpet mines on the hulls of surface vessels. So this may be a disproportionate fat torpedo instead of what looked like a Mark 8 SDV.

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NAVFAC ANTIGUA - THE WEST INDIES
Naval Facility Antigua, Lesser Antilles
August 1956 - February 1984

One of the many underwater listening stations that were part of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) and the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), which were used to track Soviet submarines.

 

Naval Facility Antigua was commissioned on 9 August 1956. The first Commanding Officer was LCDR R. Hinmon. As one of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, Antigua is considered by many to have the best climate in the Caribbean. This island, discovered by Columbus in 1493, is comprised of large peaks, rolling hills, and fine sandy beaches accentuated by rough rocky coasts. After operating for more than twenty-seven years, NAVFAC Antigua was decommissioned 4 February 1984.

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Very interesting patch, the only specific CIC schools I'm aware of or have attended were hosted by FTC's or FTG's. I hope we eventually get a positive ID on this school and it's location.

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Very interesting patch, the only specific CIC schools I'm aware of or have attended were hosted by FTC's or FTG's. I hope we eventually get a positive ID on this school and it's location.

 

I did some CIC stuff in Dam Neck VA two separate schools as I recall, but couldn't trace this patch to Dam Neck

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U.S. NAVY SUPPORT FACILITY DIEGO GARCIA - OPERATION DESERT SHIELD & DESERT STORM 1990-1991

 

The Navy's unsinkable supply station in the Indian Ocean. 

 

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On 2/20/2019 at 12:10 PM, Bearmon said:

Naval Facility San Nicolas Island. Enjoy

 

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Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) San Nicolas Island, CA

 

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MOROCCO - U.S. NAVAL TRAINING COMMAND, Kenitra, Morocco

 

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