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Nice additions to the topic, thanks for posting these.

 

The BLACK-FISH Insignia of the Submarine Rescue Vessels - "Guardians of Submarines"

 

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I've been hesitant over the years to post this one as the 'usual suspects' have been using this topic and our forum to make knock-offs of many of the patches I've posted here.

So, I'll just be showing the front of this original 1950's US made Submarine Rescue BLACKFISH patch.

 

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Examples of the BLACKFISH in use by the USN

 

USS ORTOLAN Lapwing class minesweeper (AM-45) with the Blackfish, soon to be converted to (ASR-5) in 1929

 

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USS PIGEON, French Indochina 1939

 

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USS COUCAL (ASR-8)

 

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USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9)

 

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USS SUNBIRD (ASR-15)

 

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USS KITTIWAKE (ASR-13)

 

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USS PIGEON (ASR-21)

 

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On 9/30/2020 at 11:25 AM, Tonomachi said:

I picked this up recently and did a double take initially as I thought it was a UDT patch due to the frog with a cigar in its mouth, sailor cap and dynamite which is similar to the UDT's Freddy the Frog mascot.   I found out that Harbor Clearance Unit 104 is one of the post war reserve HCUs located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

 

 

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That's a very cool find

 

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I should clean out my old file drawers more often, this batch has been stashed away since the 1970's

 

USS SAGAMORE (ATA-208) Sotoyomo class Auxiliary Fleet Tug in service 1945 to 1972, SERVRON TWO

 

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Welcome Aboard, rocker, photo postcard, metal plaque USS SAGAMORE ATA-208 "Chief Of The Tribe"

 

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Japanese made patch circa late 1950's to early 1960's

 

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On 12/6/2019 at 6:22 AM, Tonomachi said:

I picked this up on eBay recently. I wonder what Code 60 stands for and does anyone know if these instructors taught only submariners escape drills or did they teach or oversee the training of other groups inside of their tanks like UDT?

 

 

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That's a Safety thing, The escape training is fully supervised by the regulations, but all 'Diving mishaps', including those in the tower, are reported up the chain to Commander, Naval Safety Center (COMNAVSAFECEN), Attn: Code 60.

 

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That's a Safety thing, The escape training is fully supervised by the regulations, but all 'Diving mishaps', including those in the tower, are reported up the chain to Commander, Naval Safety Center (COMNAVSAFECEN), Attn: Code 60.

 

Thanks for the explanation.  I just picked up a related patch pictured below.

 

 

 

 

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Flashback Friday

 

USN Hardhat Divers - USS BLACKHAWK (AD-9) Destroyer Tender & Diving/Salvage vessel for the China Fleet in 'Chefoo' (now Yantai)

 

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Dressing the diver on the dive boat

 

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Over the Rail

 

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...and down the ladder to the deep

 

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Dive boat and tenders

 

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Caption: Black Hawk at anchor with Stewart (DD-224) and John D. Edwards (DD-216) alongside, at Chinwangtao, China, 21 July 1924. Photographed from a Torpedo Squadron 20 aircraft based on board Jason (AC-12). (Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph NH 56399)

 

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Caption: Black Hawk (color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service) moored at Chefoo, China, during the 1930s. The six destroyers alongside include (from left to right): Pillsbury (DD-227); Pope (DD-225); John D. Ford (DD-228); Paul Jones (DD-230); Peary (DD-226); and Parrott (DD-218). (Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph NH 90545-KN)
 

 

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Finally found this Deep Dive System Mark 1 shoulder sleeve patch that I have been looking for for a number of years now.  It was part of grouping of patches that sold on eBay recently.  I have a poor picture of this patch being worn by what I believe were two members of UDT that were part of the Experimental Diving Unit.   This adds to my collection of Sea Lab related insignia.

 

 

 

 

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WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, Hilborn-Hamburger, 1960's

 

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The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of marine science and engineering.  Established in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., with staff and students numbering about 1,000.

 

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ALVIN (DSV-2) 1964 (Note the WHOI emblem on the conning tower)

 

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The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution develops technology for the United States Navy, including ocean battlespace sensors, unmanned undersea vehicles, and acoustic navigation and communication systems for operations in the Arctic.  The Institution is also working on Project Sundance for the Office of Naval Research

 

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On 10/29/2017 at 9:16 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

 

Nice additions to the topic hink.....

 

 

USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) The "Connie Maru" Bolster class Rescue Salvage vessel

 

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USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) SERVICE SQUADRON FIVE (SERVRON 5) - RESCUE - SALVAGE

 

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Philippine Made patch

 

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Philippine Mahogany Plaque

 

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More from the "Connie Maru", USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) Commanding Officers' Philippine made belt buckle and shoulder boards with patches

 

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Philippine made belt buckle circa 1955-1957

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Japanese made patch

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Philippine made patch

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Plaque on Philippine Mahogany

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On 11/25/2015 at 5:05 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

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.

 

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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

 

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Other Windlass items

 

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USS WINDLASS (ARSD-4) Vulcan Lighter, circa 1950'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.

 

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On 6/30/2018 at 11:47 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS GRAPPLE (ARS-7) 3rd of the Diver class salvage ships built by Basalt Rock company in Napa California. In service 1943 to 1977

 

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7 1/2" jacket patch & 1960's ceramic plaque

 

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USS GRAPPLE (ARS-7) 3rd of the Diver class salvage ships built by Basalt Rock company in Napa California. In service 1943 to 1977.  She was a three war Salvage ship with extensive combat service - USS Grapple earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 15 February 1945, and three battle stars for World War II service, one battle star for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

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Both GRAPPLE (ARS-7) and GRASP (ARS-24) were Pacific Fleet Salvage vessels assigned to SERVGRU/SERVRON FIVE throughout the 1950's to 1970's.  I attended her decommissioning ceremony at Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor where she was turned over to the Taiwanese Navy. My ship, GRASP (ARS-24) was also decommissioned there the following March and turned over to the South Korean Navy.

 

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Grapple Diving patch and Grasp Diving patch sewed onto my USN work jacket.

Same 1st Class Diver design as used on many other Salvage related patches.

 

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USS GRAPPLE (ARS-7)

 

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Japanese made

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SUBDEVGRU ONE

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LCDR John F. Cameron, Officer in Charge of the Turtle (DSV-3) is seen on 2 November 1973 aboard the ship located in Mare Island's structural shop. Turtle was in overhaul at Mare Island from 29 October 1973 to 17 May 1974.

 

DSV TURTLE (DSV-3)

Alvin class 16-ton crewed deep-ocean research submersible owned by the United States Navy

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    Our crew – April 1987:From Left to Right (by heads, since we're not organized looking):  LT. Christopher J Kennedy (AOIC), LT William Drake (OIC), LT John Ferrer (Eng), ETC(SS/DV) Tim Loomis, EMCS(SS) Kent Weekly, MMCS(SS/DV) Dennis Rasnick (COB), ICC(SS/DV) John Nelson, ET1(SS/DV) Keith Blum, MM1(SS) Pete Juhos, IC2(SS/DV) Russ Peterson, EM1(SS) Ed Mitchell, SK2(SS) Keith Boyer (out of picture) MM3(SS) Jeff Fisher.  We were at the San Diego Naval Station at 32nd Street getting fitted on our new support ship, M/V Laney Chouest.

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Looking like a bunch of deep sea diving cowboys, I suppose. Being transported by a YRDM (floating crane). April 1987; San Diego, CA.

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