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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 example to the topic.

 

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

 

Carded Gemsco Gold version

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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.

 

 

Bicentennial Nuclear Task Group 75 Port of Call

 

Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida 1975

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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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

*SEMPER FORTIS*

USN '92-'96 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73

HONOR*COURAGE*COMMITMENT

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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.

 

 

New one still in the Swiss Tex wrapper

 

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

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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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