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Diver Class USS GRASP (ARS-24) my first ship

 

Built by Basalt Rock as were most Divers, she was commissioned in August 1944 and sent immediately to Lingayen Gulf and the Philippine Sea where she splashed one zero. She continued service throughout the Korean war and was heavily involved in Arctic ops, Atomic testing and the Vietnam conflict. The Vulcan lighter has the GRASP shield on one side and a SERVRON 5 etching on the other. The Zippo lighter is mine dated 1976.

 

I'm not going to show the patch reverse on this one and the one on my work jacket are the only ones I've ever seen or had of this type and it's not (yet) being knocked-off by the "usual suspects".

 

ARS 24 USS GRASP 001.jpg

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Other items, Grasp in 1967 Vietnam configuration, my 1978 decommissioning bronze plaque and a painted plaque crest (She was transferred to South Korea in 1978)

 

Grasp underway 21 March 1967 off of Oahu.jpg

 

USS GRASP ARS-24 Plaque 3.jpg

 

Grasp ARS-24 Plaque 1a.jpg

 

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...and this is the GRASP patch sewed onto my USN work jacket. I was quite reluctant to show this patch for many years but recently, I saw another one which sold on ebay and now the copies are reaching the marketplace. Still, I'm not going to cut it off and show the reverse side.....

 

ARS 24 USS GRASP 002.jpg

 

ARS 24 USS GRASP 003.jpg

 

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Her sister ship, USS SAFEGUARD (ARS-25) in service 1944 to 1979 (sold to Turkey)

 

5" silk Japanese patch, Penguin, Coronet/Rocky lighters, and a 4" cut edge patch

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 001.jpg

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 002.jpg

 

More SAFEGUARD items from my collection

 

ARS-25 USS SAFEGUARD Mailbag 002.jpg

 

Ships 2 Alpha docks.jpg

 

uss_safeguard_ars-25 subic w HCU 1.jpg

 

...and her decommissioning and transfer to Turkey in 1979

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 005.jpg

 

close ups of her patches

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 003.jpg

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 004.jpg

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 006.jpg

 

ARS 25 USS SAFEGUARD 007.jpg

 

.....and a circa 1972 Westpac/Vietnam cruise belt buckle

 

USS SAFEGUARD (ARS-25) Belt Buckle 001.jpg

 

USS SAFEGUARD (ARS-25) Belt Buckle 002.jpg

 

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USS BOLSTER (ARS-38) In commission for 50 years, 1944 to 1994, "First to Show, Last to Go"

Bolster Class, my second ship - also built by Basalt Rock Co. of Napa, CA. A wider hull version of the Diver class

 

ARS 38 USS BOLSTER 001.jpg

 

ARS 38 USS BOLSTER 004.jpg

 

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USS CONSERVER (ARS-39), my other sister ship, the "Connie Maru" in service 1945-1994

 

ARS 39 USS CONSERVER 001.jpg

 

Another bitchen 7" high Japanese made Connie Maru patch USS CONSERVER (ARS-39)

 

ARS 39 USS CONSERVER 002.jpg

 

ARS 39 USS CONSERVER 003.jpg

 

Everyone please feel free to add your own Diving patches, etc to the topic

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USS HOIST (ARS-40) Bolster class in service 1945 to 1994.  Atlantic Fleet Salvage Forces

 

ARS 40 USS HOIST 001.jpg

 

ARS 40 USS HOIST 002.jpg

 

Other HOIST items

 

USS HOIST (ARS-40) 1945.JPG

 

USS HOIST ARS-40 Plaque B.jpg

 

Underway with the Sixth Fleet (note the target sled on her fantail) ready to be streamed

 

ARS 40 USS HOIST 005.jpg

 

ARS 40 USS HOIST 003.jpg

 

ARS 40 USS HOIST 004.jpg

 

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USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41) Bolster class in commission 1945 to 1993, also served with the Atlantic Fleet

 

This is also a good example of well handled patches and well kept (stored) patches.  They are identical but the colors have faded from bright blues to faded blue/green

 

ARS 41 USS OPPORTUNE 001.jpg

 

ARS 41 USS OPPORTUNE 002.jpg

 

Other OPPORTUNE items

Opportune ARS-41 Plaque closeup.jpg

 

Opportune Round Patch.jpg

 

USS Opportune ARS-41 Plaque.jpg

 

Close up of the newer plaque/patch pattern

"We do what others advertise"

 

Opportune Plaque.jpg

 

Close up of the older patch pattern

 

ARS 41 USS OPPORTUNE 003.jpg

 

ARS 41 USS OPPORTUNE 004.jpg

 

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Back to SERVRON FIVE and the Pacific Fleet Salvors

USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) in service 1945 to 1994

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 001.jpg

 

She had at least 4 different patches during her long life with the 7th Fleet and SERVRON/SERVPAC

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 002.jpg

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 003.jpg

 

Including Philippine and Japanese made silk patches, 1950's

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 006.jpg

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 007.jpg

 

...and her Vietnam era patch

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 004.jpg

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 005.jpg

 

plus these from the 1990's

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER 008.jpg

 

Reclaimer Patch 1.jpg

 

Plaques and other Reclaimer items

 

Reclaimer ARS-42.jpg

 

Reclaimer Ashtray.jpg

 

USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) PI Belt Buckle 05a.jpg

 

Reclaimer Plaque 02.jpg

 

USS RECLAIMER ARS-42 Shield 02.jpg

 

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Something to note on this one posted below.......it's an almost perfect reproduction currently made in South Korea. Fortunately for now, it's clearly advertised as such.

It's a 'dead ringer' for my original but slightly smaller so do be careful

 

KOREAN REPRODUCTION - USS RECLAIMER ARS-42

 

USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) Knock off Patch 02a.jpg

 

USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) Knock off Patch 03a.jpg

 

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USS RECOVERY (ARS-43)

 

The last of the Basalt built Diver class ARS's was the RECOVERY (ARS-43)

In service 1946 to 1994 She had three different size patches depicting her octopus crest

 

ARS 43 USS RECOVERY 001.jpg

 

Recovery Plaque.jpg

 

USS RECOVERY (ARS-43) Life Ring 01.JPG

 

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The Four (4) ARS-D Salvage Vessels - Converted LSM's

 

USS WINDLASS (ARSD-4) was a specially modified and converted ex-LSM-552 Four of them were built in 1945 to work in tandem teams on Salvage projects. In 1946 WINDLASS and her partner, USS SALVAGER (ARSD-3) were assigned to Commander Service Force US Atlantic Fleet for salvage and diving duty.

 

ARSD 4 USS WINDLASS 001.jpg

 

ARSD 4 USS WINDLASS 002.jpg

 

She conducted diving and salvage operation in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, up and down the eastern seaboard including the USS MISSOURI pull and the MONSSEN salvage.

 

Nice design 6" high, The bulldog in the Mark V

 

ARSD 4 USS WINDLASS 003.jpg

 

ARSD 4 USS WINDLASS 004.jpg

 

Other Windlass items

 

ARS4D Brass Ashtray.jpg

 

USS WINDLASS (ARS-D-4) Plaque 01a.jpg

 

windlass plaque.jpg

 

USS WINDLASS (ARS-D-4) Anvil 001.JPG

 

USS WINDLASS (ARS-D-4) Anvil 003.jpg

 

USS WINDLASS (ARS-D-4) Anvil 002.jpg

 

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The Chanticleer Class of purpose built Submarine Rescue Vessels (ASR)

 

Prior to 1942, USN Submarine Rescue vessels were all converted Lapwing class minesweepers. These utilitarian ships were converted to many tasks to fit the new responsibilities associated with the growing aviation arm and submarine service. They were converted to seaplane recovery vessels, seagoing tugs, salvage vessels and of more import - submarine rescue. The famous USS FALCON was a converted Lapwing minesweeper which led the way in perfecting the art of rescuing and salvaging submarines during the 1930's

 

With the onset of WWII, the first dedicated Submarine Rescue vessels were constructed and USS CHANTICLEER was the class leader. For the next 5 decades, these ships were the lifeline for submariners serving around the globe with their diving bell, pontoons, salvage divers and recompression chamber standing by for deployment on a moments notice. Whereas ARS types were assigned to Service Squadrons, ASR types were assigned to SUBRON's to work in tandem with Submarine Tenders (AS)

 

ASR 7 USS CHANTICLEER 003.jpg

 

USS CHANTICLEER was in service from 1942 to 1973

 

ASR 7 USS CHANTICLEER 004.jpg

 

USS CHANTICLEER (ASR-7) Plaque lg.jpg

 

USS CHANTICLEAR (ASR-7) Penguin Lighter 01a.jpg

 

USS CHANTICLEAR (ASR-7) Penguin Lighter 02a.jpg

 

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USS FLORIKAN (ASR 9) assigned to Submarine Development Group 1 (now submarine development squadron 5)

Breaking new ground, she worked with the DSRV program (MYSTIC etc) to perfect a new mini-submersible method of rescuing submariners.

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 001.jpg

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 002.jpg

 

USS FLORIKAN ASR 9 patches acquired from a 1st class diver

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 003.jpg

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 004.jpg

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 005.jpg

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 006.jpg

 

USS Florikan ASR-9 Plaque.jpg

 

USS Florikan (ASR-9) Brass Plaque 02.jpg

 

USS Florikan (ASR-9) CO Ashtray 01 a.jpg

 

USS FLORIKAN ASR-9 Penguin Lighter a.jpg

 

USS Florikan ASR-9 Photo 1a.jpg

 

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USS KITTIWAKE (ASR 13) One of the longest serving ASR's she was in service from 1946 to 1994

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 001.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 002.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 003.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 004.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 005.jpg

 

The rose colored book is the orientation manual for new crewmembers. The other is the decommissioning packet from 1994 complete with PAO rubber stamps

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 006.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 007.jpg

 

Her submarine force patches

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 008.jpg

 

and her original ship patch, black fish cap patches, plus the Sylvester patch and a sticker

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 009.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 010.jpg

 

Other KITTIWAKE items including her 'Jerry' plaque. Before their mascot was 'Sylvester', it was 'Jerry'. I'm still hunting for the patch which goes with the plaque,  I've got it stashed around here with some other Salvage items.

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE Plaque 01 lg c.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE Plaque a.jpg

 

Kittiwake ASR-13 Plaque b.jpg

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Nice patches and related items.I've always been interested in the Rescue patches.I have some in my collection,will have to get them out and see if I have any not posted here.

So far my favorite here are the Windlass pieces.

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Thanks, I'm skipping several hulls to just show diving related items rather than all of the ARS, ASR, etc ships.

 

Please do post what you have (dive lockers, teams, HCU/MDSU, DSRV, SEALAB, development, research, scientific or just plain cool)

 

Photo: 24" wide large brass quarterdeck US Naval Deep Sea Diver emblem (very heavy)

 

Master Diver Brass Plaque 002.jpg

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USS PETREL (ASR-14)  Chanticleer class submarine rescue ship in service 1946 to 1991. 

Her Vietnam era patch & Welcome Aboard

 

ASR 14 USS PETREL 002.jpg

 

ASR 14 USS PETREL 003.jpg

 

USS PETREL (ASR-14) 1950's - 1960's

 

ASR 14 USS PETREL 004.jpg

 

This is another PETREL patch that is out there (not mine). Anyone have one to post?

 

USS Petrel (ASR-14) Patch disney.jpg

 

Commanding Officers Khaki belt and Gold tone ships' Buckle (Hilborn-Hamburger) from a grouping I have

 

USS PETREL Belt Buckle ASR-14 01.jpg

 

USS PETREL Belt Buckle ASR-14 02.jpg

 

USS PETREL Belt Buckle ASR-14 03.jpg

 

Photo of her underway in 1988 with her diving bell hooked to the boom on the fantail ready for deployment during the rescue of the USS BONEFISH which was afire.  Photo shot from the HOIST (ARS 40)  Caption: 04/27/1988 The frigate USS MCCLOY (FF 1038), the submarine rescue ship USS PETREL (ASR 14) and the salvage ship USS HOIST (ARS 40) approach the disabled attack submarine USS BONEFISH (SS 582) off the coast of Florida. An on board fire disabled the BONEFISH and claimed the lives of three crew members

 

USS Petrel (ASR-14).jpg

 

(USS PETREL ASR 14) in service 1946 to 1991 - 1950's Japanese made patches

 

ASR 14 USS PETREL 001.jpg

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