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Task Group Delta - ASW weapons and tactics development

 

In the early 1960's, the staff of the Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic in Norfolk, VA established Task Group Delta, which was a central point within the Navy for developing and improving air ASW tactics and procedures making significant advances in airborne ASW effectiveness vs. the nuclear submarine. They began with the Martin P5M-2 Marlin seaplane and VP-45 developing tactics to be used with the "new" technological advances as the USN transitioned into the P-3 Orion series, the mainstay of USN Cold War airborne ASW platforms throughout the globe.

 

VP-45 Cruise Book 1962 see page 11 for patch in wear on flight jacket http://www.vp45association.org/_cruisebooks/cruise_book_62_63.pdf

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Cold War Boomer USS STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN-634) James Madison class fleet ballistic missile submarine in service 1964 to 1995

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Nuclear Super Carrier USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69) Ace Novelty

 

Med Cruise 1982 - G1 Division Hangar Deck (Aviation) Ordnance

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Another type of USS HOLLAND (AS-32) styled after the Gemsco Poseidon version

 

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Ace Novelty - Gemsco - Ace Novelty

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VC-12 The Flying Omars (now VFC-12) Fleet Composite Squadron Twelve Ace Novelty made in June 1981

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CRUDESFLOT 4 - Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Four, US Atlantic Fleet

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Midway class aircraft carrier USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42) Homeport Mayport, FL - Communications Department

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Great stuff! I have a few hundred ACE patches, but all are USAF. A few observations from what I've gleaned over the years: The tags started about 1960, brown at first and towards the end of the 60s became blue. These were used into the 80s when they became black. The youngest ACE patch I know of was done in 1988, a 22 TFS F-15 Eagle driver. ACE was actually many different shops working for one guy. In the later 70s he contracted most (but not all) work out to Taiwan, that's why you see those thicker ( many merrowed) handmade patches around then. By the 80s he started computer made ones as well. Also did bullion ones in the 60s at least, maybe later. As always, there are exceptions, this is just a general overview. Hope this helps.

 

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Thanks Randy, perhaps you zoomies will start up an Ace Novelty reference topic on the USAF board

 

Aircraft Carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) Made for the Shellback Initiation in June 1977, Atlantic Ocean

 

 

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Thanks Randy, perhaps you zoomies will start up an Ace Novelty reference topic on the USAF board

 

Aircraft Carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) Made for the Shellback Initiation in June 1977, Atlantic Ocean

 

 

 

I'd like to, but there don't seem to be too many of my fellow zoomies out there! One guy tried to start a few other USAF related threads, but he and I were the only posters. It's an Army world... ;)

 

Randy

 

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Aggressive class USS BOLD (MSO-424) In service 1953 to 1971 with the Mine Force Atlantic & Sixth Fleets

 

Yet another example of a ship that never served in the Pacific but had their patches made by Ace Novelty, Tokyo, Japan

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POSEIDON Peace Thru Brute Force

Ace Novelty circa mid 1970's

 

The Poseidon SLBM replaced the Polaris SLBM aboard USN Subs from 1972 until 1979 when Trident was deployed.

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USS JACK (SSN-605) Permit class nuclear attack submarine - In service 1967 to 1990

 

Cut edge Ace Novelty but the glued on tag fell off - 48 star flag version

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USS JACK (SSN-605) Permit class nuclear attack submarine - In service 1967 to 1990

 

Merrowed edge Ace Novelty (quite often the tag is upside down) - 50 star flag version

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USS WALKER (DD-517) Three war Fletcher class in service 1943 to 1969, Escort Destroyer Squadron One, CORTDESDIV 11, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

In July 1951 WALKER joined the newly formed Escort Destroyer Squadron ONE based at Pearl Harbor, T. H., and there became the fourth member of Escort Destroyer Division ELEVEN.
In November 1951, WALKER departed for the Western Pacific area and there joined the United Nations Blockading Force assisting our ground troops in the Korean War. She escorted the fast carrier task forces that were steaming up and down the hostile shores supporting our Army with strategic air strikes. The fourfold dangers from enemy mines, submarines, air attacks and the bitter cold were never too great for WALKER. More than once the ground forces found enemy fire threatening their advances and called WALKER in for call fire shore bombardment. She chalked up several artillery emplacements and railroad installations. March 1952 found CORTDESDIV 11 back in Pearl Harbor.

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PLAT LSO - THE PLAT NEVER LIES (Pilot Landing Aid Television - Landing Signal Officer)

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USS CORAL SEA (CV-43) Iranian Hostage Crisis - WESTPAC 1979-1980 - Iranian Crisis - Gonzo Station

 

Gonzo Station was a U.S. Navy acronym for "Gulf of Oman Naval Zone of Operations" or "Gulf of Oman Northern Zone." It was used to designate an area of carrier-based naval operations by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in the Indian Ocean during the 1979-1981 Iranian Hostage Crisis and the so-called Tanker War between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
On 4 November 1979, militant followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini (who had come to power following the overthrow of the Shah of Iran) seized the US Embassy in Tehran and held 63 Americans hostage. Thus began the Iran hostage crisis.
The USS Midway (CV-41) initiated the longest at-sea record for any U.S. warship since World War II by being at-sea for 93 consecutive days. It was the first on-scene carrier at the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, followed shortly thereafter by USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), with both carriers executing simultaneous air operations and carrier presence in the vicinity of one another off the southern coast of Iran.
USS Coral Sea (CV-43) relieved Midway in the northern part of the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Iran, on 5 February 1980. This operating area was nicknamed Gonzo Station by the men on the ships operating there, apparently because of its vicinity to Iran and the assumption that war with Iran was likely.
Later, along with Nimitz and other ships in company, Coral Sea participated in Operation Evening Light, the unsuccessful and aborted rescue attempt of 24 April 1980. (Their aircraft played a supporting role.) The crew of Coral Sea and other ships in the company received the Navy Expeditionary Medal for their efforts. By the time the ship pulled into Subic Bay, the Philippines for a port call on 9 May 1980 the crew had spent 102 consecutive days at sea – mostly off the coast of Iran. (The Iran hostage crisis ended on 20 January 1981 when Ronald Reagan succeeded Jimmy Carter as President of the United States and Iran released the Americans.)
At this time (1979–1981) the ship was commanded by Captain (later Admiral) Richard Dunleavy, who was to play a role in the Tailhook scandal, which forced him into retirement. However, while commanding Coral Sea he was considered an excellent commanding officer by his crew, who respected him greatly, even though they worked long, difficult hours under him and he could be a strict disciplinarian

 

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