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

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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.



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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.

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941




" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning



Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell



Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw



" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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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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Photo of her underway in 1988 with her diving bell hooked to the boom on the fantail ready for deployment. 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

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Awesome stuff‼️ That is quite the impressive collection!!






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USS SUNBIRD ASR 15 - Built in WWII but not commissioned until June 23rd, 1950, just two days before North Korea invaded the South. She was truly a cold warrior, in service 1950 to 1993. The background photo is SUNBIRD rendering assistance to a damaged patrol boat with a Coast Guard cutter (an ex-USN ATF fleet tug) standing by. The upper photo is SUNBIRD at sub base New London.


The round patch is her older 1950's patch. The other jacket size patches came in at least 3 sizes although the design is identical

ASR 15 USS SUNBIRD 001.jpg

ASR 15 USS SUNBIRD 002.jpg

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