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Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

 

1960's Gemsco and 1980 Surface Squadron One design patch

 

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1960's Hilborn-Hamburger version compared to Gemsco version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI Gemsco 002.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI Gemsco 001.jpg

 

Hilborn-Hamburger version 1960's

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI Hilborn Hamburger 002.jpg

 

1960's Gemsco version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI Gemsco 003.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI Gemsco 004.jpg

 

Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

There are two different types of the Japanese made 1962 version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 001.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 002.jpg

 

1962 Japanese made Chain version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Chain 001.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Chain 002.jpg

 

Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

1962 Japanese made Towline version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Towline 001.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Towline 002.jpg

 

Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

1980 Surface Squadron One version

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 002.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 003.jpg

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Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

 

There are two different types of the Japanese made 1962 version

Cool patches and I probably wouldn't have noticed the difference. Is there a reason for the two versions.

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Just different patch artists in the shops. Also note that one is slightly larger, has a bow wave and the diving helmets and ship images are different too

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Three war Abnaki class USS MUNSEE (ATF-107) In service 1943 to 1969

A Toute Force - Seapower For Peace

 

ATF 107 USS MUNSEE 001.jpg

 

ATF 107 USS MUNSEE 002.jpg

 

Japanese made

 

ATF 107 USS MUNSEE 003.jpg

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Three war Abnaki class USS TAKELMA (ATF-113) In service 1944 to 1992

 

ATF 113 USS TAKELMA 003.jpg

 

ATF 113 USS TAKELMA 004.jpg

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS TAKELMA (ATF-113) In service 1944 to 1992

 

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ATF 113 USS TAKELMA 007.jpg

 

ATF 113 USS TAKELMA 008.jpg

 

Painted Ceramic Plaques

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS TAWAKONI (ATF-114) In service 1944 to 1978

 

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Three war Abnaki class USS TAWAKONI (ATF-114) In service 1944 to 1978

 

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Yes indeed. In the post-Vietnam reorganization Reserve Harbor Clearance Units were established in ten different locations around the US and divided so that there were equal numbers with HCU ONE and HCU TWO as parent units. 111, 220 and 419 later reported to MDSU-1 at Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor (Renamed from HCU-1 in January 1982) and I know that 813 was in Chicago, but I don't know where 321 was located. They may be part of the Reserve units reporting to MDSU-2 at Little Creek, VA.

 

This is the Hawaii Reserve HCU patch

 

Reserve Harbor Clearance Unit Hawaii HCU-1 001.jpg

 

Reserve Harbor Clearance Unit Hawaii HCU-1 002.jpg

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Achomawi class fleet ocean tug USS ATAKAPA (ATF-149) In USN service 1944 to 1974

 

ATF 149 USS ATAKAPA 001.jpg

 

ATF 149 USS ATAKAPA 002.jpg

 

ATF 149 USS ATAKAPA 003.jpg

 

USNS ATAKAPA (T-ATF-149) Achomawi class fleet ocean tug

MSCLANT - In MSC service 1974 to 1981

 

ATF 149 USS ATAKAPA USNS T ATF 001.jpg

 

ATF 149 USS ATAKAPA USNS T ATF 002.jpg

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On 9/17/2017 at 5:22 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

Yes indeed. In the post-Vietnam reorganization Reserve Harbor Clearance Units were established in ten different locations around the US and divided so that there were equal numbers with HCU ONE and HCU TWO as parent units. 111, 220 and 419 later reported to MDSU-1 at Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor (Renamed from HCU-1 in January 1982) and I know that 813 was in Chicago, but I don't know where 321 was located. They may be part of the Reserve units reporting to MDSU-2 at Little Creek, VA.

 

This is the Hawaii Reserve HCU patch

 

 

MDSU-2 US Naval Reserve Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two, DET 813, Great Lakes, IL

 

Naval Reserve MDSU TWO 001.jpg

 

Naval Reserve MDSU TWO 002.jpg

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Sotoyomo class Auxiliary Fleet Tug USS WANDANK (ATA-204) In service 1944 to 1973. Carved and painted wood on Philippine Mahogany plaque from my collection

 

She was the station ship for the Marianas Islands, homeport Agana, Guam. Before her Vietnam tours she served as communication relay and support ship for the bathyscaphe Trieste in Project Nekton. In 1968 she towed fuel barges to Da Nang and brought the APL-30 to Vung Tau for use by the brown water Navy. She was also the escort ship for the Asheville class Gunboats convoyed to the Philippines, Cam Ranh Bay and Hong Kong. USS Wandank earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service.

 

ATA 204 USS WANDANK 001.jpg

 

USS WANDANK ATA-204 gunnery practice 1966 001.jpg

 

Photos from Navsource: 3" Gunnery practice 1966

 

USS WANDANK ATA-204 gunnery practice 1966 002.jpg

 

USS WANDANK (ATA-204) Vietnam era underway photo from my collection

 

USS WANDANK ATA-204.jpg

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Three war Abnaki class Fleet Tug USS NIPMUC (ATF-157) In service 1945 to 1978

 

I'd noted earlier in the topic that the CREE was "inadvertently" destroyed by 500 lb bombs on a target range

 

Note the target sled being towed in the first photo and on all three patches. One of our more onerous tasks was towing targets, being shot at by the fleet with live ammo wielded by rookies.....

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 001.jpg

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 002.jpg

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 003.jpg

 

1950's US made

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 004.jpg

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 005.jpg

 

1960's US made

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 006.jpg

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 007.jpg

 

1970's US made

 

ATF 157 USS NIPMUC 008.jpg

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On 7/9/2017 at 1:58 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

 

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

 

 

Another 1960's cut edge version of USS APACHE (ATF-67)

 

ATF 67 USS APACHE 005.jpg

 

ATF 67 USS APACHE 006.jpg

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Abnaki class USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) In service 1944 to 1973

 

ATF 158 USS MOSOPELEA 001.jpg

 

USS MOSOPELEA ATF 158 Plaque lg B.jpg

 

Abnaki class USS MOSOPELEA (ATF-158) In service 1944 to 1973

 

ATF 158 USS MOSOPELEA 002.jpg

 

ATF 158 USS MOSOPELEA 003.jpg

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Here is another reserve HCU (Seattle) patch that Salvage Sailor spoke of and possibly another (801 Diving Section) which I could use some help identifying.

 

 

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Here is another Navy Experimental Diving Unit patch and two variations of the MK-12 NEDU patch where one is cut edge and the other a merrowed edge piece.

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Nice additions Tonomachi,

 

Those are probably Reserve Salvage units, I'll have to track down the numbers/locations. I'll be posting more NAVSEA, NUC, NSWC stuff eventually.

 

SERVRON 5 - Service Squadron Five & HCU 1 - Harbor Clearance Unit One plaques from my Pearl Harbor duty, 1970's

 

Members, please do add more Diving and Salvage items from your collections to the topic

 

SERVRON FIVE 001.jpg

 

HCU ONE 001.jpg

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On 8/4/2017 at 4:39 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

Abnaki class USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) In service 1944 to 1985

 

There are two different types of the Japanese made 1962 version

 

Third version of the 1962 Japanese made USS MOCTOBI (ATF-105) patch

 

On The Way with no hull number

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Towline 003.jpg

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 Towline 004.jpg

 

All three versions of the 1962 patch

 

Left: On The Way (no hull number, towline)

 

Center: Towline

 

Right: Tow Chain

 

ATF 105 USS MOCTOBI 1962 003.jpg

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USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Diver class Salvage ship in service 1944 to 1979.  She was my sister ship and her motto was "Continuous Service" as she was not decommissioned between WWII and Korea as were most of the SERVRON/SERVGRU ARS vessels. When GRASP (ARS-24) was decommissioned and turned over to the South Koreans in 1978, I was supposed to go to DELIVER and head back to Westpac but at the last minute I was transferred to BOLSTER (ARS-38) The USN decided to decommission both DELIVER and SAFEGUARD (ARS-25), my other SERVRON 5 sister ship, along with the other Diver class ships in 1979 and transfer them to our overseas allies in South Korea, Taiwan & Turkey while retaining the larger BOLSTER class ARS's until the 1990's (CONSERVER, HOIST, OPPORTUNE, RECLAIMER, RECOVERY) The Diver class ARS's were replaced by the new Safeguard class ships coming on line in the 1980's (SAFEGUARD, GRASP, SALVOR & GRAPPLE)

 

ARS 23 USS DELIVER 002.jpg

 

8" Japanese made patch circa 1950's

 

ARS 23 USS DELIVER 003.jpg

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From a hardhat diver assigned to the dive locker, USS FULTON (AS-11)

 

MK V Diver Submarine Rescue 001.jpg

 

MK V Diver - Submarine Rescue, Japanese made 1960's

 

MK V Diver Submarine Rescue 002.jpg

 

MK V Diver We Dive the World Over 001.jpg

 

Deep Sea Diver - We Dive The World Over, 1960's

 

MK V Diver We Dive the World Over 002.jpg

 

Class Leader USS FULTON (AS-11) Submarine Tender in service 1941 to 1991

Every AS in the fleet had a Dive Locker aboard.

 

AS 11 USS FULTON 001.jpg

 

AS 11 USS FULTON 002.jpg

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