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USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404) Balao class in service 1944 to 1963. Redesignated AGSS-404 in 1963 just prior to decommissioning.

 

She was credited with the sinking of the last Japanese submarine (I-373) during WWII. Spikefish received three battle stars for World War II service

 

On 15 August, an order was received to cease all attacks, as Japan had agreed to surrender. The submarine delivered her prisoners to Saipan on 21 August and proceeded to Pearl Harbor, On 6 September, she and Hoe (SS-258) sailed for the east coast of the United States. Spikefish transited the Panama Canal on 23 September and arrived at New London, Conn. on 29 September. She was in drydock at the Portsmouth Navy Yard from 1 November 1945 to 15 February 1946. Upon her return to New London, her home port, she was assigned to Submarine Squadron 2 and trained personnel of the submarine school.
Her training duty was interrupted by an overhaul from 7 April to 22 September 1947; a cruise to Bermuda from 25 September to 2 October 1947; and another overhaul at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 16 May to 8 July 1948. Spikefish operated from New London making training cruises along the east coast from Bermuda to Nova Scotia until 30 April 1955. On that day, she and Piper (SS-409) sailed for the Mediterranean and deployment with the 6th Fleet. Spikefish returned to New London on 8 October 1955 and resumed her normal training duties until early 1963. On 18 March 1960, Spikefish became the first United States submarine to record 10,000 dives.

 

 

 

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Here are a bunch of sub related patches spread over 2 posts. Probably a lot of duplication of things people have already posted on individually. These date from 1980-1983 when I worked for a company that serviced navy nuclear propulsion systems. When I'd go to a shipyard or other facility to work on a sub, I'd buy patches of the boats I worked on, to include the tenders associated with the work.

 

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Here's the second set of patches. I see I included one Destroyer patch - the MoosBrugger. I had to go out for 7 days on this one to observe ASW operations. The rest are in one way or another sub related. The purple one is hard to read in the photo - that's the Andrew Jackson SSBN 619.

 

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Boomer USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN-633) James Madison class ballistic missile submarine in service 1964 to 1994. The CP patch is difficult to find and often overlooked by collectors.

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Boomer USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN-633) James Madison class ballistic missile submarine in service 1964 to 1994. Ace Novelty Version.

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USS Greenling SSN 614

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More from GREENLING - Built as Thresher class but converted to Permit class

 

USS Greenling (SSN-614), a Permit-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the greenling, an elongate, fine-scaled fish found from Kamchatka to California. Her keel was laid down on 15 August 1961 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut.
On 10 April 1963, Thresher, the lead ship of Greenling's class, was lost due to severe design flaws in her non-nuclear piping systems. Because she was still early in the construction process, Greenling was one of three selected Thresher-class submarines selected for conversion to the "improved Thresher class." (The other two were SSN-613 Flasher and SSN-615 Gato.) She was launched on 4 April 1964 sponsored by Mrs. H.C. Bruton. On 29 April, she was towed to Quincy, Massachusetts, for lengthening and submarine safety program (SUBSAFE) modifications. Modifications included increased buoyancy and adding 13 feet 9 inches of length to the hull, providing improved living and working conditions for the crew and space for additional equipment. Before construction of Greenling was completed, she and her sister ships were redesignated the Permit class, after the eldest surviving member of the class. Greenling was commissioned on 3 November 1967 with Commander Guy H.B. Schaffer in command.
Hilborn Hamburger version circa 1964 and two American made versions 1960's

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine. STEAMIN' MOTHER 1970's

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine

 

UNITAS XX July to December 1979

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USS GREENLING (SSN-614) Permit class in service 1967 to 1994 Cold War attack submarine - Always Steamin' In Port or Underway

 

1983-1984 Mediterranean Run vs. the Commies. Toulon, La Maddalena, 1st NUC Sub in Palma, Spain

 

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USS BREAM (AGSS-243) Gato class commissioned in 1944, six war patrols WWII. Hunter-Killer (SSK-243) 1953 to 1963. Bream was reclassified as an Auxiliary Submarine AGSS-243, 1 February 1964. Decommissioned in 1969

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USS BATON ROUGE (SSN-689) Los Angeles class in service 1977 to 1995. Second in her class but first to be decommissioned shortly after a collision with a Russian sub



Swiss Tex commissioning patch circa 1977


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USS BATON ROUGE (SSN-689) Los Angeles class in service 1977 to 1995. Second in her class but first to be decommissioned shortly after a collision with a Russian sub
B-276 Kostroma is a Russian Sierra-class submarine. She was launched in 1986, commissioned in 1987, and named K-276 Crab until 1992. Kostroma was built at Gorky and later towed to Severodvinsk for completion. She is part of the Russian Northern Fleet.
On 11 February 1992, Kostroma - then still named K-276 Crab - collided with USS Baton Rouge (some sources state it was K-239 Carp that collided with Baton Rouge). Baton Rouge was damaged (as was Crab) and was eventually deactivated in 1993. The crew of K-276 Crab painted the number "1" bordered by a star on the sail, as did Soviet submarines during World War II to indicate the number of their victories.
1 Los Angeles-class submarine vs 1 Sierra-class submarine
Casualties and losses
1 nuclear submarine heavily damaged vs 1 nuclear submarine damaged

 

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Nice SKIPJACK (SSN-585) patch, that's one we hadn't posted yet.

 

USS SKIPJACK (SSN-585) Class leader in service 1959 to 1990

 

1980's version of her patch

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USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN-624) Lafayette class ballistic missile submarine in service 1963 to 1994

 

Swiss Tex version early 1980's

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USS BONEFISH (SS-582) The last of the Barbel class (and last) Diesel Electric submarine built for the US Navy. In service 1959 to 1988.

 

Cut edge missile & torpedo version of her patch

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USS BONEFISH (SS-582) The last of the Barbel class (and last) Diesel Electric submarine built for the US Navy. In service 1959 to 1988.



Cut edge torpedo version of her patch


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USS BONEFISH (SS-582) The last of the Barbel class (and last) Diesel Electric submarine built for the US Navy. In service 1959 to 1988.



UNITAS XX (20) 1979 - UNITAS are sea exercises and in-port training involving several countries in North, South and Central America, conducted by the United States since 1959 in support of U.S. policy.



In 2009, the exercises were named UNITAS Gold, in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the first exercises in 1959.

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