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Class leader USS WORCESTER (CL-144) In service 1948 to 1958 The Wandering Wo 6" patch

 

USS Worcester (CL-144) bombards North Korean coastline, Korea. HD Stock Footage

 

Another Wandering Wo patch

 

USS WORCESTER (CL-144) TRAVELLING TARGETEERS Rifle and Pistol competition team, 1952 Korean War

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USS YORKTOWN (CG-48) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1984 to 2004

 

Photo: The Soviet Burevestnik M-class frigate Bezzavetnyy intentionally colliding with Yorktown in 1988, Just another day jousting with Ivan during the Cold War

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USS YORKTOWN (CG-48) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1984 to 2004

 

Photo: The Soviet Burevestnik M-class frigate Bezzavetnyy intentionally colliding with Yorktown in 1988, Just another day jousting with Ivan during the Cold War

Great picture of the EW Suite SLQ 32 V3 antennas and the Chaff launchers

 

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Thanks Bearmon,

 

The 'Welcome Aboard' was a friendly gesture to the Commie frigate, but it's best to use the brow and not scratch the paint.....We also still have not started up an EW OS OPS patch topic yet

 

USS VINCENNES (CG-49) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1985 to 2005 - "Freedoms Fortress" aka the "Checkmate Cruiser"

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USS VINCENNES (CG-49) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1985 to 2005 - "Freedoms Fortress" aka the "Checkmate Cruiser"

 

There were three cruisers named VINCENNES, the first was a New Orleans Heavy Cruiser (CA-44) which was lost in the Battle of Savo Island, the second was the Cleveland class (CL-64) and this is the third one.

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USS VINCENNES (CG-49) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1985 to 2005 - "Freedoms Fortress" aka the "Checkmate Cruiser"

 

In 1988 she was sent to the Persian Gulf for Operation Earnest Will after the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS struck a mine. She made 14 Straits of Hormuz transits convoying tankers during this operation. Unfortunately, she also will be remembered for mistakenly downing Iran Air Flight 655, believing her to be an attacking IAF F-14 Tomcat, killing 290 passengers and crew aboard the A300 Airbus.

 

1988 CG-49 "Checkmate" Gulf Games patch

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USS THOMAS S GATES (CG-51) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service 1987 to 2005

 

1989 Maiden Deployment - Sevastapol USSR

 

Thomas S. Gates' maiden deployment was from 31 May 1989 to 10 November 1989. After transiting to the Mediterranean Sea as part of the battle group formed around the aircraft carrier Coral Sea, Thomas S. Gates in-chopped to the Sixth Fleet on 10 June 1989; she participated in Operation National Week (10–19 June 1989), conducting turnover with the guided missile cruiser Leyte Gulf at Augusta Bay, Sicily (15 June). After visiting Palma, Majorca (20–27 June) and Toulon, France (30 June-15 July), where she underwent an Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV), Thomas S. Gates transited to the eastern Mediterranean (15–21 July); following a port visit to Izmir, Turkey (21–23 July), Thomas S. Gates participated in Exercise Demon Jazz 89 (24–29 July). She then visited Istanbul, Turkey (31 July-2 August), where she embarked VADM Paul Ilg, Deputy Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, and then stood into the Black Sea (3–4 August). Accompanied by the guided missile frigate Kauffman, Thomas S. Gates visited Sevastopol, USSR, from 4–8 August, and then returned to Istanbul, where she disembarked VADM Ilg (9–10 August). Owing to the crisis in Lebanon, which had dictated that the fleet flagship, guided missile cruiser Belknap not carry out her scheduled visit to Sevastopol, Thomas S. Gates then operated in support of the Coral Sea and America battle groups off Beirut. Returning to Toulon, Thomas S. Gates there underwent a period of maintenance (7–13 September). After taking part in NATO Exercise Display Determination 89 (14 September- 3 October) in concert with units of the French and Turkish Navies, she conducted a period of escort operations (3–11 October) as she transited to the western Mediterranean. She then underwent a period of maintenance in Marseille, France (11–22 October) before she participated in Exercise National Week (24–31 October), during which she conducted turnover with her relief, the cruiser Yorktown at Pollensa Bay, Majorca (29 October). Out-chopping to Commander, 2d Fleet, on 31 October 1989, Thomas S. Gates then conducted her return transit to Norfolk (31 October-10 November 1989).

 

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USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service since 1986. After commissioning BUNKER HILL was the first Ticonderoga-class cruiser to be equipped with the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) in place of the previous ships' twin-arm Mark 26 missile launchers, which greatly improved the flexibility and firepower of the ships by allowing them to fire RGM-109 Tomahawk missiles. BUNKER HILL is slated to be decommissioned in 2019 with 33 years of service and placed in reserve. She will be the first VLS Ticonderoga Cruiser to be decommissioned

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USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruiser in service since 1986. Scheduled for decommissioning in 2019 and placed in reserve.

 

Swiss Tex commissioning patch 1986 - Determination - Deterrence - The Sword of the Fleet

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