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

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USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41) also served with the Atlantic Fleet

In commission 1945 to 1993

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

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ARS 41 USS OPPORTUNE 002.jpg

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Great thread, not sure how I missed it before. Need to dig out some pieces to post.


 

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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

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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.

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

 

Great looking patch


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plus this one from the 1990's and I saw but have not handled a fifth one years ago on ebay

 

The round one looks Philippine made


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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)

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