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MDSU-2 Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two, Little Creek, VA

 

If you're interested in what we wore and what we did on a normal working day, watch both of these videos - Highly Recommended

 

Harbor Clearance Unit (MDSU) 2 - Slide Show 1

 

Harbor Clearance Unit (MDSU) 2 - Slide Show 2

 

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SUPSALV - Supervisor of Salvage - Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

 

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SUBDEVRON 5 - Submarine Development Squadron Five Divers

 

SUBDEVRON 5 is charged with multiple submarine warfare mission areas to include submarine rescue operations and the activities of its three Seawolf-Class submarines. SUBDEVRON 5 is responsible for developing and testing new submarine warfare capabilities, including the use of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles.

 

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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.

 

Time to delve into the ATF Fleet Tugs - all named for American Indian Tribes across the USA

 

Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS APACHE (ATF-67) 1942 to 1974

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS APACHE (ATF-67) 1942 to 1974

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS KIOWA (ATF-72) In service 1943 to 1986

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS KIOWA (ATF-72) In service 1943 to 1986

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS KIOWA (ATF-72) In service 1943 to 1986

Japanese made patch

 

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WWII Navajo class Fleet Tug USS PAWNEE (ATF-74) In service 1942 to 1947

Reunion patch from a former crew member

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS SIOUX (ATF-75) In service 1942 to 1973

 

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To Assist and Tow the Fleet =ATF

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS SIOUX (ATF-75) In service 1942 to 1973

To Assist and Tow the Fleet

 

 

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS UTE (ATF-76) In service 1942 to 1974

 

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Operations Division 1959

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS UTE (ATF-76) In service 1942 to 1974

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS UTE (ATF-76) In service 1942 to 1974

Japanese Made Spirit of '76 patches

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS CHICKASAW (ATF-83) In service 1943 to 1965

 

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USS CREE (ATF-84) Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug in service 1943 to 1978

 

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BOMBED BY THE USN - Crew battled for 27 hours to keep their ship afloat

 

CREE survived multiple WWII, Korea and Vietnam service tours but she was done in by US Naval Aviation in the Cold War years.  She was attacked and almost sunk by the Navy in a "Friendly Fire Incident" in 1978.........It wasn't very friendly at the time  In the Junk Boat Navy, towing target sleds and target hulks was a regular assignment, as was the risk of becoming the target on the bad days.

 

"What the Hockey Puck is he doing Chief?"

 

On the morning of 18 January 1978, CREE released the ex-YO-129 as a target for "live" bombing practice by naval aircraft, while steaming off the coast of southern California.  CREE then proceeded north to clear the target area, taking her assigned station, but mistakenly became a target when a "Navy jet aircraft" made an attack run on her at 1206, unleashing three 500 lb bombs on the ship and her crew. One bomb struck the mast and exploded in the air close aboard to starboard, showering the tug with fragments. The second bomb fell along the port side, sliced beneath the ship and exploded underwater off the starboard side, "engulfing" Cree in a wall of water. The third slammed into the ship on the port bow, passing through seven bulkheads in the forward part of the ship, before becoming wedged into the passageway between the chief petty officer’s quarters and sick bay, though failing to detonate.

 

"Failing to Detonate" - 500 Pounder In the Sickbay Passageway

 

The damage to the ship was severe, including holing of the mast, destruction of two life rafts, severing of the emergency power cable and fragment damage above the 01 level. Below decks, the ship's gyro was destroyed by the bomb forward, which also damaged the diving locker and bulkheads. The underwater explosion, however, caused the most serious damage, blasting several holes in bulkheads and splitting seams. Motor room B-2 became "a tangled mass of warped frames," with equipment "wrenched from mountings and broken lines." Flooding in excess of 2,000 gallons per minute was reported.

 
BANG! BOOM! BLAM!!! - GENERAL QUARTERS - GENERAL QUARTERS ALL HANDS MAN YOUR BATTLE STATIONS
 
Going to General Quarters, the crew responded immediately, but during their efforts to save the ship, discovered the live bomb where it wedged forward, just 20 feet (6 m) from where the repair party was stationed. Moving aft away from the 500 pounder, the repair party was temporarily relieved by an EOD team from Enterprise (CVN-65) rushed to Cree. Within 45 minutes the team was on board and able to defuse the bomb (first the EOD team called for a ship's electrician to tape up wires around the bomb. They were afraid that any current left in the wires might set the bomb off. Once the wires were taped they defused the bomb). Seven men of the repair party braved "rising water, leaking fuel and oil from broken lines," as well as the absence of light, entering Motor Room B-2 to battle the flooding for two hours before getting it under control.
 
Additional ships rendering assistance included Long Beach (CGN-9), guided missile destroyer John Paul Jones (DDG-32) and tug Moctobi (ATF-105), providing portable pumps, gasoline and "other supplies." Taken under tow that evening by John Paul Jones, which transferred her to Moctobi early the next afternoon, Cree returned to San Diego on the 19th, her exhausted crew having battled for 27 hours to keep their ship afloat.
 

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Decommissioned and Sunk by the U.S. Navy

The ship was struck from the Navy List on 21 April 1978, and finally sunk as a target on 27 August 1978.

Decommissioning Ceremony prior to SINKEX below.

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS CREE (ATF-84) In service 1943 to 1978

 

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Three war Navajo class Fleet Tug USS LIPAN (ATF-85) In service 1943 to 1973. She continued in service with the MSC (USNS) and then the Coast Guard as (WMEC-85) until 1988

 

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What's not in her online history is a collision in 1974.

 

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1974 The crippled tug Lipan, operated by the Navy Military Sealift Command, lay at Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle today as surveyors assessed damage in her starboard forward section. The 196-foot vessel was outbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca last Saturday when the inbound tanker, Atlantic Prestige, knifed into her in fog-hampered visibility. The tug arrived here yesterday under her own power, escorted by a sister, vessel.

 

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1974 Damaged Navy tug Amabod F. Ante, a Filipino yeoman abroad the Navy tug Lipan, held up his sport coat through a large hole in the side of the tug. Ante was sleeping in a bunk when the tug collided with the tanker Atlantic Prestige the night of August 3 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The tankers bow stopped just short of Ante's bunk, but he was not injured. Ante said he thought all his possessions were ruined, but then he found his sport coat. The Lipan is now in drydock for repairs at Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co.
 
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Three war Navajo class USS MATACO (ATF-86) In service 1943 to 1977

 

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Three war Navajo class USS SENECA (ATF-91) In service 1943 to 1971

 

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Three war Navajo class USS TAWASA (ATF-92) In service 1943 to 1975

 

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Three war Class leader USS ABNAKI (ATF-96) In service 1943 to 1978

 

She towed the captured German Prize U-505 to Bermuda and on to the states where she is now displayed in Chicago

 

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Three war Class leader USS ABNAKI (ATF-96) In service 1943 to 1978

1950's Japanese made

 

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Her 1967-1968 Vietnam patch. You see this one knocked off quite a bit, this is an original

 

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1970's

 

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USS ARIKARA (ATF-98)  Abnaki class D Day veteran, in service 1944 to 1992 - 11 battle stars in three wars

Japanese made Vietnam era cut edge patch

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS CHOWANOC (ATF-100) In service 1944 to 1977

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS COCOPA (ATF-101) In service 1944 to 1978

 

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1976 Bicentennial Patch - "Keep on Tuggin" Grandma

 

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I have part of Ed Bennet's group, I'd love to have a Vn era harbor clearance unit one patch. I have his Vn era Bennett's bastard patch

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Three war Abnaki class USS HITCHITI (ATF-103) In service 1944 to 1976

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS HITCHITI (ATF-103) In service 1944 to 1976

 

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