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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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USN Bicentennial Nuclear Task Group 75 002.jpg

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USS BEKLNAP (CG-26) Class leader in service 1964 to 1995. Redesignated from DLG-26 to CG-26 in 1975


She was completely rebuilt from 1976 to 1980 after her collision with the JFK in the Med in 1975. Upon recommissioning in 1980 she became the Sixth Fleet Flagship.


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Class Leader USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) In service 1977 to 1997. 1977 cut edge Swiss Tex commissioning patch


The FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class of Gas Turbine Guided Missile Frigates were the next step in the evolution of the USN during the 1970's Cold War era. They came online intended to be a class of lighter and less expensive escort ships to complement the other new class being commissioned, the Spruance class destroyers. There were 51 Perry frigates commissioned between 1977 and 1989, the last going out of service in 2015.

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Class Leader USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) In service 1977 to 1997. 1977 cut edge Swiss Tex commissioning patch


The FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class of Gas Turbine Guided Missile Frigates were the next step in the evolution of the USN during the 1970's Cold War era. They came online intended to be a class of lighter and less expensive escort ships to complement the other new class being commissioned, the Spruance class destroyers. There were 51 Perry frigates commissioned between 1977 and 1989, the last going out of service in 2015.

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attachicon.gif1972- 1973 Med Cruise Forrestal rev1.jpeg

Recently found this patch from my days on the Forrestal, thought I'd share it you.

 

Thanks for posting that one (and welcome to the forum),

 

Nice early Swiss-Tex patch with the old style (1970-1973) Vietnam era card and logo......Sixth Fleet task force too.

 

Post 'em if you've got 'em members.....

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USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) Raleigh class amphibious transport dock (LPD-3) converted to a miscellaneous command ship in 1972 and assigned to the Persian Gulf during the reign of the Shah of Iran. LA SALLE was in commission from 1964 to 2005. Many of us on this forum will recall that she was the diplomatic flagship homeported at Bahrain in the Persian Gulf (and later flagship of COMMIDEASTFOR). She was painted white and covered with awnings to keep the hot Arabian sun off of the decks. A friend of mine served as an OS aboard her and prior to the Iranian Crisis in 1979, it was considered a hardship assignment, just like Diego Garcia and Antarctic/Arctic service.

 

Swiss-Tex (AGF-3) patch circa 1970's

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USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) - She was known as the"Great White Whale" and also as the "Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast" when home ported at Bahrain

 

Grey & white 'Ghost' version of her patch on the bulk blank card made by Swiss Tex and sold aboard in the ships store to her crew.

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USS AMERICA (CV-66) - Centurion patch made by Swiss Tex

 

700 TRAPS! Quite rare to accumulate this many landings

 

This is the '700-Traps' Centurion patch for the USS America (CV-66). You had to have a total (day & nite) of 700 arrested landings (traps) to earn this patch. These are rare and hard to come by as they were only given to the aircrew that earned them.

 

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