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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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CIC Combat Information center can't locate much info online

 

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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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