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On 7/4/2017 at 10:15 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

Original USN Nuclear Task Group '75 - North Atlantic Cruise August-September 1975

 

USS NIMITZ (CVAN-68) Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked

USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) Nuclear Cruiser

USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) Nuclear Submarine

 

USS Nimitz and USS South Carolina got underway from Norfolk, VA August 19, 1975 and rendezvoused five days later with USS Seahorse at sea. Nimitz and South Carolina arrived in Norfolk on September 15, 1975. Ports of Call included Wilhelmshaven/Bremerhaven in (then) West Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland, where teams from Nimitz and South Carolina participated in the world-famous Braemer Games; and Portsmouth, England. Exercises were conducted with the West Germans, NATO's Standing Naval Force, and with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including four RAF F-4s that operated from the Nimitz, in Exercise NIMEX. The November 1975 issue of All Hands covered the cruise in great detail.

 

 

Bicentennial Nuclear Task Group 75 Port of Call

 

Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida 1975

 

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HS-7 Husky Dogs Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Seven

 

7" 1976 Bicentennial Med Cruise Loyal Order of the Line Rats

 

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On 7/4/2017 at 10:15 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

Original USN Nuclear Task Group '75 - North Atlantic Cruise August-September 1975

 

USS NIMITZ (CVAN-68) Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked

USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) Nuclear Cruiser

USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) Nuclear Submarine

 

USS Nimitz and USS South Carolina got underway from Norfolk, VA August 19, 1975 and rendezvoused five days later with USS Seahorse at sea. Nimitz and South Carolina arrived in Norfolk on September 15, 1975. Ports of Call included Wilhelmshaven/Bremerhaven in (then) West Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland, where teams from Nimitz and South Carolina participated in the world-famous Braemer Games; and Portsmouth, England. Exercises were conducted with the West Germans, NATO's Standing Naval Force, and with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including four RAF F-4s that operated from the Nimitz, in Exercise NIMEX. The November 1975 issue of All Hands covered the cruise in great detail.

 

 

Gold USN Bicentennial 1775-1975 Nuclear Navy sticker - USS CONSTITUTION to USS NIMITZ

 

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USN Cruise Jacket flags

Glad to see they use and wear the First Navy Jack again!! (I put a subdued one on my cap!)

 

USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) W Division, Keepers of the Nuclear Dragon 1976

W Div!!

 

When I first reported aboard CVN-73, I went to W Div..(was undesignated Airman Apprentice) but they were in process of disestablishing the WT rate..it was a small berthing (Weps Dept 1st Classes took it over after WT rate went away), and they had 2 magazines, the forward and aft SASS (?) Specially equipped for you know what.. They had a seriously cool rating symbol in my opinion!

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Says rate disbanded in '94..but I recall the last rated WT on board (WT3 Welker was his name) was getting out in 1993, and there were no WTs left on CVN-73, so it was absorbed by Weapons Dept (AOs) Cool guy too..he'd just have us do sweepers in the berthing and head, then post us (me and a guy that became a good friend) for the day! (we were in Newport News in drydock, so nothing really to do!)

 

Then, the fwd SASS went to G3, and the aft became the home of the SEAL teams we had embarked on our deployments (the flight suit and MP-5 era lol) (berthing was taken by the 1st Classes..it was a sweet one too..with only 20 racks tops..nice and quiet!)

 

Sorry for the ramble! the W Div brought back some memories!

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NAVSUPPFOR ANTARCTICA - US NAVAL SUPPORT FORCE ANTARCTICA DETACHMENT ALFA

 

DET ALFA WINTER OVER 1976 Bicentennial

 

NAVSUPPFOR ANTARCTICA DET ALFA 1976 Bicentennial 001.jpg

 

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The Big E - USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) Bicentennial Cruise WESTPAC 1976-1977

 

Carrier Task Force 77 (CTF-77), Carrier Air Wing 14 (CAW-14)

Hawaii, Philippines, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Mombasa, Tasmania

 

CVN 65 USS ENTERPRISE 1976 Bicentennial Westpac 001.jpg

 

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USS UTE (ATF-76) The Spirit of 76

 

Happy Birthday America

 

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On 7/4/2017 at 10:15 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

Original USN Nuclear Task Group '75 - North Atlantic Cruise August-September 1975

 

USS NIMITZ (CVAN-68) Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Carrier Air Wing Eight embarked

USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) Nuclear Cruiser

USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) Nuclear Submarine

 

USS Nimitz and USS South Carolina got underway from Norfolk, VA August 19, 1975 and rendezvoused five days later with USS Seahorse at sea. Nimitz and South Carolina arrived in Norfolk on September 15, 1975. Ports of Call included Wilhelmshaven/Bremerhaven in (then) West Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland, where teams from Nimitz and South Carolina participated in the world-famous Braemer Games; and Portsmouth, England. Exercises were conducted with the West Germans, NATO's Standing Naval Force, and with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including four RAF F-4s that operated from the Nimitz, in Exercise NIMEX. The November 1975 issue of All Hands covered the cruise in great detail.

 

 

New one still in the Swiss Tex wrapper

 

USN Nuclear Task Group '75 - North Atlantic Cruise August-September 1975

 

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Bicentennial version of Vietnam Vet Patrol Gunboat USS TACOMA (PG-92) - The Spirit of 92

 

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VS-21 Fighting Redtails aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). First Fleet Vikings - VS-21 holds the distinction as first Viking squadron to participate in a major carrier deployment, with the USS John F Kennedy in 1975.

 

VS 21 Fighting Redtails CV 67 USS JOHN F KENNEDY Bicentennial Cruise 001.jpg

 

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Happy Birthday America

 

USS SCAMP (SSN-588) Skipjack class in service 1961 to 1988 - WESTPAC July 1976 to December 1976

 

588 SSN 588 USS SCAMP West Pac 76 Bicentennial 001.jpg

 

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On 12/9/2017 at 8:47 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

United States Navy Bicentennial 1775-1975

 

Yellow Version - United States Navy Bicentennial 1775-1975

 

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Gold and Yellow versions (they're actually the same size, just different colors)

 

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"GRACO" Flagship of the Asheville class patrol gunboats of Patrol Division Twenty One in the Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet in 1976 (Defiance, Surprise, Antelope, Ready, Grand Rapids & Douglas)
 
ex-LST USS GRAHAM COUNTY (AGP-1176), Patrol Gunboat Tender (PATDIV21) Mothership, Naples, Italy

 

The Spirit of 76

 

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VA-145 SWORDSMEN (ATKRON-145) 1976 Bicentennial Cruise, Ace Novelty, Tokyo

WESTPAC January 1976 - September 1976 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

 

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Made by Ace Novelty, Tokyo, Japan (tag fell off, note the residue)

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

 

CV 66 USS AMERICA Bicentennial Med Cruise 1976 001.jpg

 

USS AMERICA (CV-66) USA 1976 Bicentennial Mediterranean Sea Cruise

 

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