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USN Bicentennial 1775-1975 & 1776-1976 Happy Birthday America

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Aloha Everyone,

 

In 1975 the US Navy celebrated it's 200th Birthday which continued into the 1976 United States of America Bicentennial. During this time period all commissioned USN vessels flew the 'Don't Tread On Me' Snake Jack on the bows of our ships and many commands made patches to commemorate the Bicentennial.

 

These are from my personal collection that I picked up during my service days circa 1975-1976 plus others I've collected in subsequent years. Feel free to add your own examples to the topic.

 

First up, this is the hard to find USN 200th Birthday 1775-1975 patch made by Gemsco in gold

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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.

 

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While the USA partied it up in July 1976, the USS SARATOGA Battle Group was offshore during the 1976 Beirut Crisis steaming back and forth, back and forth at imaginary Point Esther in the Mediterranean for 40 days and nights. Many forget the earlier Beirut Crisis days of 1976 (and 1957 too)

 

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) 1976 Bicentennial Med Cruise Point Esther

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One of my Salvage sister ships USS COCOPA (ATF-101) Commissioned in 1943, note the official 1976 Bicentennial logo

 

"Keep on Tuggin' Grandma"

Great looking patches. Is that the Granny from PLAYBOY?


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Naval Communication Area Master Station, NAV CAMS Guam..

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While the USA partied it up in July 1976, the USS SARATOGA Battle Group was offshore during the 1976 Beirut Crisis steaming back and forth, back and forth at imaginary Point Esther in the Mediterranean for 40 days and nights. Many forget the earlier Beirut Crisis days of 1976 (and 1957 too)

 

USS SARATOGA (CV-60) 1976 Bicentennial Med Cruise Point Esther

 

1976 Bicentennial Beirut crisis patch

 

AMID USS SARATOGA (CV-60) Med Cruise 1976

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