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Aloha Members,

 

We've got many of the Gator ships gathered under the Gator Navy "L" ship topic but the Commands and Beach units are scattered all over the forum.

The Gator Navy "L" Ships & AKA/APA Gator Freighters - USN Amphibious Ships - Topic here --> http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/194539-usn-amphibious-ships-the-gator-navy-l-ships-akaapa/

 

Amphibious Command and Control - The USN Amphibious Forces - No Beach Beyond Reach! This Beach Is Mine!

Amphibious Commands, Amphibious Groups, Amphibious Squadrons, Amphibious Bases,Training and Schools, Expeditionary Strike Groups

Naval Beach Groups, Beachmaster Units, Assault Boat Units and all other Gator support units used to put the troops ashore.....

 

 

Amphibious Force U.S. Pacific Fleet controlling the odd numbered Gator Groups and Squadrons centered on the Amphibious Base at Coronado California

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NBG-1 United We Land - Naval Beach Group One established in 1948, Pacific Fleet, NAB Coronado, CA

 

The initial NBG-1 consisted of Headquarters Unit, Boat Unit ONE, which became Assault Craft Unit ONE, Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE, and Underwater Demolition Team ONE, which eventually shifted to the control of Naval Special Warfare Command. Additions to the organization have been Beachmaster Unit ONE (BMU-1) in 1949, Assault Craft Unit FIVE (ACU-5) in 1983, and Naval Beach Unit SEVEN (NBU-7) in 2012. With the addition of ACU-5 came the ability to conduct over-the-horizon assaults using the swift LCACs.

 

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ACU-1 SURF RIDERS - Assault Craft Unit One

 

Assault Craft Unit 1 traces its roots to World War II as hundreds of LCUs were decommissioned, leaving 30 LCUs in the command of "Centralized Flotilla Command" in NAB Coronado known as LCU Squadron ONE. In July, 1947, a neighboring command, Boat Unit ONE, was created to command LCM-3s and LCVPs. In 1950, the two commands participated in the Battle of Inchon and in every amphibious operation of the Korean War afterward.

 

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ACU-1 SURF RIDERS - Assault Craft Unit One

 

In 1963, the LCU Squadron ONE and Boat Unit ONE were merged to make Assault Craft Squadron 1 (ACS-1). In 1968, the CNO directed to have ACS-1 and its Assault Craft Divisions ELEVEN, TWELVE and THIRTEEN be disestablished, and reformed as Assault Craft Unit ONE (ACU 1).

 

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COMPHIBGRU TWO - Amphibious Group Two, Little Creek, VA Atlantic Fleet

 

Renamed Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-2) in 2007

Subordinate Units

Assault Craft Unit 2

Assault Craft Unit 4
Amphibious Squadron 2
Amphibious Squadron 4
Amphibious Squadron 6
Amphibious Squadron 8
Naval Beach Group TWO
Tactical Air Control Group Two
Tactical Air Control Squadron Twenty One
Tactical Air Control Squadron Twenty Two

 

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Amphibious Group Three - Pacific Fleet

 

PhibGru 3 was probably active during World War II and was definitely active by 1945; at Eniwetok on 7 September 1945, revised orders directed USS Bayfield (APA-33) to Tacloban in the Philippines, where she arrived on 14 September and reported to Commander Amphibious Group 3 for duty in the occupation of Aomori, Japan. On 17 September Bayfield embarked soldiers and equipment of the U.S. 81st Infantry Division. The landings at Aomori took place according to schedule on 25 September 1945. With the outbreak of the Korean war in June 1950, USS Eldorado (AGC-11) was ordered to the Far East. As flagship for Rear Admiral L. A. Thackrey, Commander, Amphibious Group 3, she acted as standby for Mount McKinley (AGC-7) during the invasion of Inchon, Korea, and coordinated and controlled the logistics operations.

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