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US Navy Divers & Their Related Commands ARS, ASR, ATF, ATA, etc


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Aloha Everyone,

 

Feel free to add on your own examples of US Navy diving patches including the relative commands, stations and vessels that USN divers have served with.

 

I'll start off with some of my own from the 1970's when I was a junk boat sailor.

 

USN DIVING Group 001.jpg

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Most of these were removed from uniforms, jackets or coveralls when they were ditched or recycled

 

USN DIVER 001A.jpg

 

U.S. NAVY DIVER  WE DIVE THE WORLD OVER

 

USN DIVER 002.jpg

 

Original United States Navy Divers Association 1970

 

Navy Divers Association 1970 001.jpg

 

Navy Divers Association 1970 002.jpg

 

Harbor Clearance Unit One "It's Hard to Be Humble"

Flyaway Mixed Gas Team

 

HCU 1 Mixed Gas 001.jpg

 

HCU 1 Mixed Gas 002.jpg

 

One you don't see often, the Reserve Harbor Clearance Unit Hawaii circa 1970's

 

HCU 1 Reserve Hawaii 001.jpg

 

HCU 1 Reserve Hawaii 002.jpg

 

....and the then "new" MK 12 developed by the NEDU

Navy Experimental Diving Unit based in Panama City, Florida

 

USN DIVER NEDU MK 12 001.jpg

 

USN DIVER NEDU MK 12 003.jpg

 

This one got snagged on something

Submarine Base Pearl Harbor Hawaii Diving Locker

 

Diving Locker Submarine Base Pearl Harbor 001.jpg

 

Diving Locker Submarine Base Pearl Harbor 002.jpg

 

....and this came off of set of USN OD coveralls I still have in my seabag.

 

U.S. NAVAL SHIP REPAIR FACILITY YOKOSUKA JAPAN - NAN DEMO DEKIMASU "We Can Do Anything"

 

Original Japanese made - You see many of these copied (poorly) and sold on ebay

 

US NAVAL SRF YOKOSUKA 001.jpg

 

US NAVAL SRF YOKOSUKA 002.jpg

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Not military, but we would use these stickers on stuff too, Circa 1972

 

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1967 - The first DDS & SDS-450 Deep Diving System was placed in Fleet Service by Harbor Clearance Unit One

 

SDS 450 USN Salvage Diving System 001.jpg

 

SDS 450 USN Salvage Diving System 002.jpg

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These were I believe made in the Philippines post SVN War.

 

You must have noticed that both these two (2) patches and the other Japanese example you posted are misspelled

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You must have noticed that both these two (2) patches and the other Japanese example you posted are misspelled

 

Nope I didn't notice this so I would imagine no self respecting Naval EOD sailor is going to wear misspelled insignia. Here is another patch in my collection.

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Aloha Everyone,

 

USN Divers could be members of a number of shore establishments including SRF's, Submarine commands, Station & Shipyard diving lockers, EOD, HCU-1 & HCU-2 (later MDSU-1/2), Service Force (SERVPAC, SERVLANT, SERVRONS), Weapons and Scientific development labs, etc. They were also assigned to diving lockers on AD, AR & AS type ships.

 

But from WWII to the 1990's their primary seaborne billets were on ARS's (Rescue Salvage), ASR's (Submarine Rescue), ATF’s (Fleet Tugs) and other seagoing tug type vessels - ATA, ATR & ATS.

 

Rather than post any or all patches (like the ones shown below) for these ships, I’ll begin by posting those with diving themes depicted upon them.

 

 

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The Diver Class Rescue Salvage Vessels 1942-1945

 

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.

 

ARS 6 USS ESCAPE 001.jpg

 

USS ESCAPE (ARS-6) 1943-1978 Three war rescue salvage vessel

 

ARS 6 USS ESCAPE 002.jpg

 

ARS 6 WMEC 6 USS USCGC ESCAPE 001.jpg

 

U.S. Coast Guard USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6) 1978-1995

 

ARS 6 WMEC 6 USS USCGC ESCAPE 002.jpg

 

More USS ESCAPE items from my collection

 

Escape Plaque.jpg

 

USS ESCAPE (ARS-6) 1968 Zippo.jpg

 

Escape ARS-6 Belt buckle 002.jpg

 

Escape ARS-6 Plaque 002.jpg

 

Escape ARS-6.jpg

 

USCGC Escape WMEC-6 Zippo 002.jpg

 

USS ESCAPE (ARS-6) 1945 003.jpg

 

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USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) was commissioned in January 1944 and served until 1992. She had a typical Diver class history, Saipan, Tinian, struck by a bomb at Leyte Gulf and on to Tokyo. Service at Bikini for the Atom tests, on to Korea, then Arctic, Space and fleet service throughout the Cold War. She also was the support ship for the Bathyscaph which found the remains of USS THRESHER (SSN-593).

 

This is a silk patch made in the early 1950’s which was received from a Korean War crewman.

 

ARS 8 USS PRESERVER 001.jpg

 

ARS 8 USS PRESERVER 002.jpg

 

More PRESERVER items including the old and new plaque crest and a blue filled Japanese belt buckle

 

Preserver plaque.jpg

 

USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Belt Buckle 002.jpg

 

USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Photo 002.jpg

 

USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Tab 002.jpg

 

USS PRESERVER ARS-8 Plaque 002.jpg

 

USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Belt Buckle 003.jpg

 

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USS CURRENT (ARS-22) Diver class in service 1944-1972

 

WWII, Atomic Tests, Korea, Arctic, Cold War, Vietnam - two battle stars for World War II service, three battle stars for Korean War service, and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

Two original cut edge patches

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 001.jpg

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 002.jpg

 

Originals 1960's Vietnam Era

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 003.jpg

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 004.jpg

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 005.jpg

 

ARS 22 USS CURRENT 006.jpg

 

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Nice bows on photo in her Vietnam configuration, shipboard made plaque and wardroom ashtrays

 

USS CURRENT (ARS-22) 002.jpg

 

USS Current ARS-22 002.jpg

 

USS Current ARS-22 Ashtrays 01 lg.jpg

 

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USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Her motto – Continuous Service - as she was not decommissioned between the 1947 Atomic tests and the Korean war. In service 1944 to 1979 (I was at her decommissioning in Pearl Harbor)

 

This is a large line drawing I got from her PAO. In the photo you can clearly see her SERVRON FIVE shield at midships. Her ‘Continuous Service’ crest was on the port side.

 

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USS DELIVER ARS 23 late 50 early 60 002.jpg

 

More items

 

USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Prince Lighter 01.JPG

 

USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Prince Lighter 03.jpg

 

USS DELIVER 1945 or 1946 Bill Bach 002.jpg

 

USS DELIVER plaque 002.jpg

 

USS Deliver Plaque B.jpg

 

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Nice one Wharf,

 

They were made to be personalized by the crewmen. Here's one unnamed.

 

ASR 7 USS CHANTICLEER 001.jpg

 

ASR 7 USS CHANTICLEER 002.jpg

 

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