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On to OCEANOGRAPHIC UNIT FIVE aboard the Chauvenet class USNS HARKNESS (T-AGS-32)

In service 1971 to 1993

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OCEANOGRAPHIC UNIT FIVE aboard the Chauvenet class USNS HARKNESS (T-AGS-32)

 

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USNS WILKES (T-AGS-33), Class leader of a shallow draft class of survey ships

This is also an Antarctica patch - In service 1971

Patch made by Swiss Tex

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The North Pole sister ship to the shallow draft WILKES

USNS WYMAN (T-AGS-34) Still in the Swiss-Tex wrapper

 

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.....and another converted Barnegat class Seaplane Tender

 

USS REHOBOTH (AGS-50) ex-AVP-50 in service 1944 to 1970

Two RVN campaign stars

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SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOR and SECURE DOMINION

 

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The ex-US Maritime Commission Vessel Water Witch, which the Navy converted to a Mermaid.....

 

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USNS FLYER (T-AGS-178) Bathymetric Research ship in service 1965-1975

Acquired for "Project Caesar", the cover name of the installation of SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System)

by the Military Sealift Command 1960's. Also mis-spelled, MILARY, must have been distracted.....

 

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I have a Navy Good Conduct medal group to a Warrant Machinist that served aboard Bowditch from Oct. 41 to August 45. No patches with it however.

 

 

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Found another USNS DUTTON (T-AGS-22)

 

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Different manufacturer than the previous one, probably made a decade later.

 

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USS SERRANO (AGS-24) ex-ATF-112 - Charting for the Future

 

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And then there's the USS SERRANO (AGS-24). She was a Fleet Tug (ATF-112), a WWII and China occupation vet decommissioned in 1950. While her Salvage sister's were commissioned for Korean combat service, she sat out the 1950's but was then specifically recommissioned in 1960 as a shallow water survey ship to remap the Pacific waters. Unlike the other AGS types which were much larger and dedicated to scientific endeavors, SERRANO still had her Fleet Tug armament, 3" gun, 40 mm's, 20 mm's, .50 cals and small arms. Perfect for an Indochina holiday cruise. She spent many a day cruising the waterways of Vietnam from Da Nang to Vung Tau to Hue peacefully surveying the coastlines and rivers along with those of disputed Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese territories. She was awarded six Vietnam campaign stars and decommissioned in 1970 after a job well done.

 

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On 9/15/2015 at 10:46 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

NAVOCEANO COMMUNICATIONS DETACHMENT (PACIFIC) ADAK

 

Predecessor to this patch (post #37).

 

Naval Facility Adak Oceanographic Research - 4" Swiss-Tex patch.  Adak (and Diego Garcia) were where our Chiefs would threaten to transfer our asses when we were naughty.....both were "isolated duty" postings.

 

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Another version of

USS MAURY (AGS-16) Pathfinder of the Seas

probably made by Swiss-Tex

 

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First version of patch

 

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Oceanographic System Pacific, 6" round in different colors

 

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On 11/25/2016 at 12:22 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

Another verion of Pathfinder of the Seas USS MAURY (AGS-16), probably made by Swiss-Tex

 

Oceanographic Research Vessel USS MAURY (AGS-16) Pathfinder of the Seas Patches and Plaque

 

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On 10/19/2015 at 1:13 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

And then there's the USS SERRANO (AGS-24). She was a Fleet Tug (ATF-112), a WWII and China occupation vet decommissioned in 1950. While her Salvage sister's were commissioned for Korean combat service, she sat out the 1950's but was then specifically recommissioned in 1960 as a shallow water survey ship to remap the Pacific waters. Unlike the other AGS types which were much larger and dedicated to scientific endeavors, SERRANO still had her Fleet Tug armament, 3" gun, 40 mm's, 20 mm's, .50 cals and small arms. Perfect for an Indochina holiday cruise. She spent many a day cruising the waterways of Vietnam from Da Nang to Vung Tau to Hue peacefully surveying the coastlines and rivers along with those of disputed Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese territories. She was awarded six vietnam campaign stars and decommissioned in 1970 after a job well done.

 

USS SERRANO (AGS-24) ex-ATF112

Charting for the Future

 

USS SERRANO (AGS-24)

 

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USS SERRANO AGS 24 Charting For The Future

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Silas Bent class survey ship USNS ELISHA KENT KANE (T-AGS-27) In service 1967 to 2001

 

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Thanks Irish,

 

Here's another NAVOCEANO vessel

 

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Class leader USNS VICTORIOUS (T-AGOS-19) In service since 1991. Manned by 19 civilian mariners under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and staffed with five sponsors assigned by the U.S. Navy to the Special Missions Program

 

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USNS MIZAR (T-AGOR-11)

Eltanin class ice strengthened research ship in service 1958 to 1990

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Mizar was built as a small ice-strengthened cargo ship of the Eltanin class on a Maritime Administration type (C1-ME2-13a) hull, by Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. from January 1957. She entered service on March 7, 1958 and served as part of the Military Sea Transportation Service, working around Canada and Greenland, with a single voyage to Antarctica in 1961.
 
In 1963 she was chosen for a major conversion. On April 15, 1964 she was reclassified AGOR-11, designed for deep oceanographic search and research and fitted with a deepsea probe, equipped with strobe lights, cameras, sonar, and magnetometer. She was then operated by the MSTS under the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington. Her major tasks were ocean floor study and service as a floating base for underwater acoustic, chemical, and biological research.
 
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She was assigned to Military Sealift Command Pacific in 1975 and underwent another major modification in 1980.
 
Mizar took part in the search operations for USS Thresher (SSN-593), the Palomares Incident in which nuclear weapons were lost off Palomares, Spain, and the extended search for USS Scorpion (SSN-589) - which was found in October, 1968. She has also taken part in searches for foreign wrecks, including Eurydice and Soviet submarines including K-129.

 

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USS TANNER (AGS-15) Survey Ship In service 1945 to 1969 - The first of two Survey ships named in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zera_Luther_Tanner The other being USNS TANNER (T-AGS-40)

 

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Patch circa mid 1950's - Pamina was renamed Tanner in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner. After sea trials during November and December, Tanner conducted hydrographic survey operations off the east coast of Mexico. She continued similar activities in the same area, off Labrador, off Trinidad and off Venezuela for the next four years. In January 1951, she began survey work in the Bahamas in connection with a guided missile testing range, work which she continued with only occasional missions elsewhere until the summer of 1952. At that time she returned northward and after a period in New York Naval Shipyard proceeded to northwest Greenland for extensive priority survey work. She concluded the season with a survey of a small island in the Canadian Arctic where a harbor was named "Tanner Bay" in her honor. From 1954 to 1958, Tanner operated primarily off the southern coast of Turkey with 27,255 miles steamed during 139 days in the survey area in the spring and summer of 1956. Again in the Bahamas in 1959, she became part of the Persian Gulf Survey Unit later that year. After extensive work in the Near East, she conducted research in the Barents Sea in 1963, in the deep dive area off Norfolk in 1964, and in the northern Aegean Sea 15 November 1965 to 15 March 1966. Tanner deployed 19 October from Pearl Harbor for survey operations in the South China Sea off the Mekong Delta coast of South Vietnam. She returned to the coast of South Vietnam and to the Gulf of Thailand in 1967 and 1968.

 
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Following survey operations in the Western Pacific early in 1969 and with long and distinguished service to her credit, Tanner began her decommissioning process 14 July. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 August and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.
 
Pamina/Tanner received one battle star for World War II service and two campaign stars for Vietnam service

 

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