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USCGC CAPE FOX (WPB-95316) Type B Cape class cutter Built at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore the vessel was commissioned on August 22, 1955.


Caribbean Sea Dope Patrol - The ship was stationed at New London, Connecticut, until transferred to Riviera Beach, Florida, in 1964. After a major refit in 1980-82, she replaced the Cape York in late 1981 after the Cuban Boatlift in Key West, Florida, apart from the period between December 1983 to February 1984, when she conducted surveillance operations from St. George's, Grenada. The principal duties of Cape Fox were search and rescue and law enforcement operations; she was credited with numerous seizures of shipments of illegal drugs.


The cutter was decommissioned on June 30, 1989, and transferred to The Bahamas, where she served in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force under the name HMBS San Salvador II (P10) until 1999

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USCGC CHAUTAUQUA (WHEC-41) Owasco class high endurance cutter in service 1945 to 1973.

 

She was stationed in the Pacific out of San Francisco/Alameda from 1945 to 1954 but spent most of her service time as a Cutter in Honolulu from 1954 to 1972.

 

RED DEVILS

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USCGC COWSLIP (WLB-277) Cactus class sea going buoy tender built for the Coast Guard in WWII. In service 1942 to 1973. She was sold to a commercial firm but after the USCGC BLACKTHORN (WLB-391) was lost in a collision in Tampa Bay in 1980 (23 crewmen drowned), she was reacquired, recommissioned and served again from 1981 to 2002. This is her mid-1980's patch when she was homeported at Portsmouth, VA

 

Her later patches from her recommissioning are posted on this topic here http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/208706-coast-guard-the-other-naval-service-uscg-patches/?p=2100105

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USCGC POLAR STAR (AGB-10) & USCGC POLAR SEA (AGB-11) Commissioned in 1976 & 1978 respectively



Polar Star alongside her sister ship USCGC Polar Sea near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.



The upward angle of Polar Star's bow is designed so that the hull rides up onto the ice surface during icebreaking operations. Subsequently the ship's weight and forward motion combine to fracture the ice


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USCGC GLACIER (AGB-4) In USCG Service, Operation Deep Freeze, Hilborn Hamburger patch circa late 1960's



Improved Wind class Icebreaker in USN service 1955 to 1966. She participated in 11 Deep Freeze operations for the USN. Later in USCG service 1966 to 1987


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USCGC SOUTHWIND (WAGB-280) Wind class Icebreaker in Coast Guard Service 1943 to 1945 and again from 1955 to 1974



USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280) was a Wind-class icebreaker that served in the United States Coast Guard as USCGC Southwind (WAG-280), the Soviet Navy as the Admiral Makarov, the United States Navy as USS Atka (AGB-3) and again in the U.S. Coast Guard as USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280).


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82' Patrol Boat USCGC POINT HOPE (WPB-82302) Sabine Pass, Texas In service 1960 to 1991 http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Point_Hope.pdf

 

 

USCGC POINT HOPE (WPB-82302) 82' Patrol Boat in service 1960 to 1991, earlier version of Search and Rescue patch

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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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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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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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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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