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USCGC EDISTO (WAGB-284) USN Wind class Icebreaker (AGB-2), the Ready Eddie, 1947-1965. Transferred to the USCG 1965 to 1974.



Frequently assigned to Operation Arctic East, Greenland - The establishment and annual resupply of Thule Air Force Base. Photo Edisto and Southwind at Thule AFB Pier, Greenland


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She also participated in Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica over multiple seasons



CTF-43 USCGC EDISTO (WAGB-284) Operation Deep Freeze Antarctic Support


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The "Connie" Kodiak, Alaska - We Lead the Way North In Alaska (1966-1983)

1970's 7" fully embroidered jacket patch

 

USCGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC-619) Reliance class medium endurance cutter, commissioned in 1966, still in service in the Caribbean Sea

 

Construction of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Confidence began at the United States Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, in 1965 and was completed in 1966. Fifth of 16 vessels in the class, Confidence was designed for search and rescue, law enforcement, and alien migrant interdiction operations (AMIO). Originally assigned to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District to support operations in Kodiak, Alaska, in the spring of 1983, following 17 years in Alaskan waters, Confidence was reassigned to the Thirteenth Coast Guard District and was homeported in Port Angeles, Washington

 

 

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USCGC EVERGREEN (WAGO-295) Cactus class sea going buoy tender in service 1943 to 1990. Her hull designations over the years were (WLB-295), (WAGO-295), and (WMEC-295)

 

International Ice Patrol

Starting In 1948, Evergreen served as part of the International Ice Patrol, in addition to her duties as a buoy tender. In 1956, Evergreen served as the commanding vessel in the rescue of survivors from the Andrea Doria sinking. In 1964, Evergreen was converted to an oceanographic vessel and re-designated WAGO-295. During the conversion, a computer was installed, and Evergreen became the first government oceanographic ship to have one. As an oceanographic vessel, she was also converted from a black hull paint scheme to a white hull paint scheme, which the vessel wore until it was decommissioned. In 1968 Evergreen suffered a major fire in her engine room while tied to the pier. The fire was extinguished and the vessel was repaired. In 1972, Evergreen underwent extensive modification, including the addition of a bow thruster, and changes to her superstructure. In 1982, when the Coast Guard's oceanographic research program ended, the vessel was converted to a Medium Endurance Cutter, and re-designated WMEC-295.

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USCGC EVERGREEN (WMEC-295) as a Medium Endurance Cutter, in service 1943 to 1990

 

Search and Rescue - Law Enforcement

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USCG 17TH DISTRICT - The 17th District encompasses over 3,853,500 sq. miles and over 47,300 miles of shoreline throughout Alaska and the Arctic.

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USCG First District - HQ Boston, MA - The 1st District is responsible for Coast Guard activities in Northern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

 

1790 Always First patch circa 1967

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USCG First District Stations - Portland, ME, Provincetown, MA, Merrimack River (Newburyport), MA, Castle Hill, RI

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USCGC CHILULA (WMEC-153) ex-Cherokee class USN Fleet Tug in USN service 1945 to 1956 as ATF-153, in USCG service 1956 to 1991. Redesignated as a Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-153) in 1966


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Another MALLOW (WLB-396) patch from the early 1980's when her homeport was Honolulu (difficult to read but it's written in black on dark blue at the bottom of the patch. She was decommissioned in 1997

 

USCGC MALLOW (WLB-396) WWII 180' Iris class Buoy Tender 'the black pig of death' in service 1944 to 1997, homeport Sand Island, Honolulu harbor

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USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6) Diver class Rescue/Salvage vessel (ARS) in USCG service from 1978 to 1995


For 50 years the workhorse of the USN Salvage forces was the Diver Class ARS built by Basalt Rock company in Napa, California. In 1942, these vessels were specifically designed for towing, diving, rescue and salvage work around the globe. Longer and with a shallower draft than an ATF, Diver class ships were made for pulling with their large bladed twin screws (whereas an ATF was single screw). In addition to Beach Gear, 8 Ells anchors, a full repair shop and automatic towing machine, an ARS also had a full dive locker aboard including a recompression chamber


This is the three-war veteran USS ESCAPE (ARS-6), second in the class commissioned in 1943. During the 1960's she was a primary recovery vessel for NASA and support for oceanographic missions. She remained in USN service until 1978 when she was re-flagged as the USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6). ESCAPE served as a Coast Guard cutter until 1995.

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USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6) "The Largest in the 7th" (Coast Guard District - Miami, Florida)

 

This is the three-war veteran USS ESCAPE (ARS-6), second in the class commissioned in 1943. During the 1960's she was a primary recovery vessel for NASA and support for oceanographic missions. She remained in USN service until 1978 when she was re-flagged as the USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6). ESCAPE served as a Coast Guard cutter until 1995.

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USCGC YOCONA (WMEC-168/WAT-168) Medium Endurance Cutter, ex-USS SEIZE (ARS-26) US Navy WWII Diver class salvage ship in service 1944 to 1996

Transferred to the USCG in 1946 as (WAT-168) and redesignated as Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-168) in 1965. Decommissioned, 30 May 1996 and returned to US Naval custody, for disposal.

 

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On 9/16/2017 at 12:19 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

USCGC COMANCHE (WMEC-202) Began life as a USN Sotoyomo class Auxiliary Fleet Tug named USS WAMPANOAG (ATA-202) serving in Okinawa 1944-1948.

 

Loaned to the USCG in 1949, then transferred to the Coast Guard in 1959 and designated as COMANCHE WATA-202 and later WMEC-202.

 

U.S. Coast Guard History Program https://www.uscg.mil/history/cutters/143/Comanche1959.asp

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Another, and better, version of USCGC COMANCHE (WMEC-202), ex-USS WAMPANOAG (ATA-202) serving in Okinawa 1944-1948

 

USS Wampanoag remained in reserve until 25 February 1959 at which time she was loaned to the United States Coast Guard. In the Coast Guard, she became the USCGC Comanche (WATA-202), later redesignated WMEC-202 as a medium endurance cutter. On 1 June 1969, her name was struck from the Navy List and she was transferred permanently to the Coast Guard.

 

Comanche operated along the United States West Coast from 1959 to 1967. She moved her home port to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1967, then moved it again to Eureka, California, in 1969. She operated from Eureka until decommissioned by the Coast Guard on 30 January 1980 and laid up. She was sold into commercial service in 1991, and operated commercially in the Puget Sound area of Washington until laid up in 2000.

 

 

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USCGC SWEETBRIER (WAGL-405/WLB-405) Iris class 180-foot seagoing buoy tender. In service 1944 to 2001.  She served in the Pacific during World War II. Her entire post-war career with the Coast Guard was spent in Alaska. After she was decommissioned in 2001, she was transferred to the Ghana Navy and renamed Bonsu. She is still active.

 

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USCG PSU 307 Waterborne Security Section/Squad 4 theater made patch. I was a boatcrewman and coxswain with PSU 307. We served in Kuwait from Feb to Dec 2004. We had these patches made at Camp Spearhead and wore them on our PFD’s. Original artwork was done by BM3 Saul Marcheano on a sign we had out front of our hooch. I have included a photo of myself wearing our patch. The photo was taken toward the end of our deployment. 

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