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Salvage Sailor

Aloha Everyone,

 

Here's another catch-all topic for Navy patches specifically for Departments, Divisions or Rates, either shipboard, aviation, base or schools

 

To start off....

 

Engineering Department

 

The second USS MOUNT HOOD (AE-29) Kilauea Class Ammunition ship

In service 1971-1999. The only one of her class that was not transferred to the MSC

 

 

 

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......and a Division Patch

 

OI Division USS LAWRENCE (DDG-4)

 

OI Division is comprised of Operation Specialists (OS) assigned to CIC - the Combat Information Center

When this patch was made, the OS rate was then the RD - Radarman rate.

Depicted on the patch are dividers, a range scale and an oscilloscope 'blip' along with the usual lightning bolt and nuclear destruction icons.

 

LAWRENCE was the third DDG of the Charles F. Adams class in service from 1962 to 1990

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.....and a rate specific patch for Steve our resident Skivvy Waver

 

Signalman - a now defunct USN rate disestablished in 2003

 

Communications at the Speed of Light

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) post 1972

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Salvage, what a great way to start the day ?. Every SM I know used that term. Wish I still had my Div patch from USS St. Louis. It was a Gator leaning on a search light holding a coffee cup giving a "C" by semephore. Only had 11 made, so if you find one, it's rare.

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.....and for the Gunners Mates - another Guided Missile Destroyer

 

USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39), my sister ship originally a Destroyer Leader (DL-8) then (DLG-8) redesignated in 1975 (note the DDG 39 on the anchor)

Farragut class, also known as a Coontz class in service 1961-1992. This class was designed as all-gun DL's but were converted to DLG/DDG.

They were also the only DDG's to be renumbered which is why you'll find patches for the Farragut/Coontz class ships with different hull numbers (i.e. DLG-8/DDG-39)

When the DE's were changed to FF's and the DLG's to DDG's or CG's all kept their hull numbers except for this class of ship.

 

This is a Cold War patch - Main Battery - Death from a Distance - depicting a kill with a SM (Standard Missile) on a Commie Mig

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.....and here's a Standard Missile patch, this one being for a SM2

 

Another Mig killer patch with silver bullion thread highlights

 

This One's For You!

 

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This patch covers all of the parts of this topic

 

USS RANGER (CV-61) COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

It has both the Signalman and Radioman rates depicted and is also their Hollywood Cruise patch

when Top Gun and Star Trek IV the Voyage Home were filmed aboard RANGER

 

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It came from a USN vet direct purchase with some other RANGER patches including the large 9" jacket patch

which I showed on the Really Big Patches topic

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9" Snipe Jacket Patch - Department & Rate specific



USS RANGER CV-61 ENGINEERING


Forrestal Class 1957-1993


AT SEA IT ALL RUNS ON STEAM


(MM) (BT) (EN) (HT) (MR) (DC) (YN) (IC) (EM)

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This is a Beirut Crisis patch - Ike was on station in the Gulf of Sidra spooking off Libyan Migs during this cruise and then

was twice off of the Lebanese Coast in direct support of the USMC in Beirut Lebanon before and after the Marine Barracks bombing

 

USS D D EISENHOWER (CVN-69) Med Cruise '83

5" patch G-2 (gunnery) Div(ision) Weapons Department Mag(azine) Rats

 

Peace Through Superior Firepower

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The Silent Service

 

USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN-695) Los Angeles class in service 1978-1997

 

FT Rate Patch with E

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6" wide patch - It has the original FT rate pre-1985 (sans lightning bolts)

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....and an IC Division/Rate patch also from the USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN-695)

 

IC DIV - Interior Communications

 

Birmingham Telephone Company - Cheapest Rate In Town

 

You swabbies will recognize the growler with the 10 cent coin slot

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USS CINCINNATI (SSN-693) Los Angeles class in service 1978-1996

 

Cincinnati Power and Light

 

Engineering "Nuc's" with red Engineering E award

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This one's on Ebay now, but other than CS instead of MS it looks like the same ones we had in 79 on the FID.

 

Jon B

Newaygo MI

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These dept. patches showing ratings are one of my favorite areas to collect. I've noticed a few on ebay that appear to be old, from CVAs, etc. but are not getting any bids. They all appear to be somewhat soiled. Anyone else notice this? Thanks.

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Many (if not all) of those are current Vietnamese replicas which have been 'aged'.

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B Division steam plant (note the tools to light off the boilers)

 

Large 10" wide Boiler Technician (BT) rate patch - merged with (MM) in 1996

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USS ESSEX (LHD-2) Wasp class amphibious assault ship commissioned in 1992 and still in service

 

Search and Rescue boat crew Boatswains Mate (BM) Signalman (SM) Engineman (EN)

 

SM was phased out in 2004

 

 

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"Finest in the Fleet" USS WASP (LHD-1) with red Engineering E award

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT (pre-1995) Everyone Else is Just Along for the Ride

 

MM, DC, IC, EN, BT, HT, EM, MR

 

 

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Nuclear Engineering

 

USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37)

In service 1975 - 1999

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Auxiliary Machinery Division

USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)

In service 1968 - 2007

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ENGINEERS - 6" jacket patch from the Navy's experiment with Hydrofoils during the 1980's

 

USS GEMINI (PHM-6) - Pegasus class Patrol Combatant Missile (Hydrofoil)

In service 1982-1993

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40)

Oliver Hazard Perry class 'long-hull' gas turbine frigate

in service 1984-2014

 

Recently decommissioned, she was a squared away ship making long Med/Red Sea/PG/STANAFORLANT

deployments for 25 years before the Maersk Alabama incident.

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40)

 

1990's Signalman's Patch - The Pirate may seem ironic now in retrospect, considering her role in ending the piracy incident in 2009.

 

She was homeported at Mayport, FL and often deployed to Caribbean and South American waters on drug deterrent patrols where

she scored several times making substantial cocaine busts - Like pirate raiders in the Caribbean.....

 

The Signalman rate (SM) was disestablished in 2004

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