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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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USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) Long service Bolster class rescue salvage vessel 1945 to 1994

 

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Late Vietnam era Patch circa 1970's, homeport Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor

 

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Patch circa 1970's on the left, 1980's on the right - homeport Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor

 

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USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42)  "FOUR-TWO CAN DO"

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER Can Do Bumper Sticker 001.jpg

 

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Here's a two vessel class of Catamaran hull Submarine Rescue vessels we've not covered yet.

 

USS PIGEON (ASR-21) Class leader In service 1973 to 1992

 

The leader of a new class of submarine rescue ships designed to operate with the Navy's new deep submergence rescue vehicles, Pigeon was the first seagoing catamaran warship built for the Navy since Robert Fulton's twin-hulled steam warship Fulton was built at the close of the War of 1812. Her twin hull gave great stability for deep water operations and provides ample deck working space. She was able to carry two deep submergence vehicles on her main deck. These craft were capable of docking to a disabled submarine on the sea bottom, removing survivors and transporting them to the surface. Pigeon also carried the McCann diving bell or rescue chamber of the type which was used to rescue the survivors of submarine Squalus (SS-192) in 1939. Pigeon's mooring system enabled her to maintain a precise position over a disabled submarine during rescue operations.
 
Pigeon's rescue control center used a three-dimensional sonar system for continuous tracking of the rescue vehicle. During rescue operations it served as a floating command post with specialized communications equipment for contacting the disabled submarine and any other craft, planes or ships working with her.

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 001.jpg

 

1973 Commissioning program, plaque & photograph (Note the Blackfish emblem painted on her hull)

 

USS PIGEON ASR 21 Commissioning Ceremony program.jpg

 

Bronze 1973 commissioning plaque

 

USS PIGEON ASR-21 Plaque lg 02.jpg

 

1973 Hilborn-Hamburger commissioning version of her patch

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON Hilborn Hamburger 002.jpg

 

Pigeon (ASR-21) RADM Dietzen commissioning plaque 042873 01.JPG

 

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Gemsco version of her patch, note that their is a tiny 'eye' on the Blackfish

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 011.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 012.jpg

 

Unknown American maker

 

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USS PIGEON (ASR-21) Class leader In service 1973 to 1992

Submarine Development Group One

 

SUBDEVGRU ONE 001.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 004.jpg

 

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USS PIGEON (ASR-21) Purpose built to work with the DSRV's

 

DSRV ONE - Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, San Diego

 

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DSRV Submarine Rescue Unit San Diego CA 001.jpg

 

DSRV UNIT San Diego

 

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USS PIGEON (ASR-21) Class leader In service 1973 to 1992

 

The Black Fish Insignia - Guardians of Submarines

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 009.jpg

 

ASR Blackfish 001.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 016.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 014.jpg

 

1980's glue back patch

 

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USS PIGEON ASR-21 Zippo lighter a.jpg

 

polished chrome Zippo lighter

 

USS PIGEON ASR-21 Zippo lighter b.jpg

 

ASR-21 USS PIGEON Zippo Belt Buckle 001.jpg

 

Zippo Belt Buckle

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 017.jpg

 

Decommissioning ceremony with history, and 1992 crew roster

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 018.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 029.jpg

 

ASR-21 USS PIGEON Zippo Lighter 001.jpg

 

Full size Zippo lighter Rescue Diving Salvage

 

ASR-21 USS PIGEON Zippo Lighter 002.jpg

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On 12/13/2015 at 11:26 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS FLORIKAN ASR 9 patches acquired from a 1st class diver

 

USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9) Chanticleer class Submarine Rescue vessel in service 1943 to 1991 6" patch 1960's

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 009.jpg

 

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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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On 10/12/2017 at 9:02 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

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

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USNS MOSOPELEA (T-ATF-158) in service with the MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

 

USS MOSOPELEA ATF-158 Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug commissioned 28 July 1945 - Decommissioned 2 July 1973

 

ATF 158 USS MOSOPELEA USNS MOSOPELEA T-ATF-158 MSC 001.jpg

 

ATF 158 USS MOSOPELEA USNS MOSOPELEA T-ATF-158 MSC 002.jpg

 

USNS MOSOPELEA T-ATF-158
Transferred to Military Sealift Command 2 July 1973.  Placed Out of Service 1981

Struck from Naval Register 21 February 1992
Sunk as target 27 October 1999

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Found this Mobile Diving Salvage Unit, Great Lakes, IL., which I couldn't find anything on the Internet and my guess it was or is a reserve unit.  I also couldn't find anything concerning this other patch having to do with USN Diver Thermal Protection.

 

 

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Mobile Diving Salvage Unit Great Lakes, IL (1).JPG

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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"

 

ASR Blackfish 002.jpg

 

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.

 

Blackfish 001.jpg

 

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

 

AM 45 USS ORTOLAN 001.jpg

 

USS PIGEON, French Indochina 1939

 

ASR 6 USS PIGEON 001.jpg

 

USS COUCAL (ASR-8)

 

ASR 8 USS COUCAL 006.jpg

 

ASR 8 USS COUCAL 004.jpg

 

USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9)

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 011.jpg

 

ASR 9 USS FLORIKAN 012.jpg

 

USS SUNBIRD (ASR-15)

 

ASR 15 USS SUNBIRD 014.jpg

 

ASR 15 USS SUNBIRD 013.jpg

 

USS KITTIWAKE (ASR-13)

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 002.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 009.jpg

 

USS PIGEON (ASR-21)

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 001.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON 010.jpg

 

ASR 21 USS PIGEON Hilborn Hamburger 002.jpg

 

ASR 13 USS KITTIWAKE 003.jpg

 

ASR 14 USS PETREL 003.jpg

 

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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.  

 

 

HCU-104 (3).JPG

HCU-104 (4).JPG

 

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

 

ATA 208 USS SAGAMORE 002.jpg

 

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

 

ATA 208 USS SAGAMORE 005.jpg

 

ATA 208 USS SAGAMORE 006.jpg

 

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

 

ATA 208 USS SAGAMORE 007.jpg

 

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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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52 minutes ago, Salvage Sailor said:

 

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)

 

05 USN Diver USS Blackhawk Chefoo China 1937 lg.jpg

 

Dressing the diver on the dive boat

 

03 USN Diver USS Blackhawk Chefoo China 1937 lg.jpg

 

Over the Rail

 

02 USN Diver USS Blackhawk Chefoo China 1937 lg.jpg

 

...and down the ladder to the deep

 

01 USN Diver USS Blackhawk Chefoo China 1937 lg.jpg

 

Dive boat and tenders

 

04 USN Diver USS Blackhawk Chefoo China 1937 lg.jpg

 

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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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