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USS JOHNSTON (DD-821) Gearing class destroyer in service 1946 to 1981. JOHNSTON served with the Atlantic Fleet and Sixth Fleet in the Med.


She was one of the handful of WWII destroyers under construction at the end of the war that were allowed to be completed rather than cancelled.

 

Swiss Tex patch circa 1973

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DD 821 USS JOHNSTON Swiss Tex 002.jpg

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Here is one of only a couple of swiss tex patches I have in the original package. Looks to be unfinished as it looks different than another posted for the USS Iowa, missing 1984 date

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USC&GS RESEARCHER (OSS-03) Reflagged from the US Coast and Geodetic Survey to NOAA on 8 October 1970

 

Researcher was built in 1968 as an "ocean survey ship" (OSS) for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey by the American Shipbuilding Company at Toledo, Ohio. The Coast and Geodetic Survey commissioned her in 1970 as USC&GS Researcher (OSS 03). When the Coast and Geodetic Survey and other United States Government agencies merged to form NOAA on 3 October 1970, Researcher became a part of the NOAA fleet as NOAAS Researcher (R 103).

In 1987, Researcher was renamed NOAAS Malcolm Baldrige (R 103). She was decommissioned in 1996

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USAP - NSF - United States Antarctic Program - National Science Foundation made by Swiss Tex, 1980's

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Australia - United States Navy commemorative patch, Battle of the Coral Sea

 

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US Naval Academy (USNA) Annapolis, MD

 

Swiss Tex circa 1970

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US NAVAL ACADEMY Swiss Tex 002.jpg

 

 

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USS STARK (FFG-31) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1982 to 1999.  She was struck by Iraqi Exocet missiles in the Persian Gulf in 1987 (37 KIA, 21 WIA)

 

FFG 31 USS STARK Swiss Tex 001.jpg

 

Happier days, her Great Lakes cruise in 1985

 

FFG 31 USS STARK Great Lakes Cruise 1985 Swiss Tex 001.jpg

 

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Tonomachi

Now we know who manufactured these patches which were worn by a group of Air Force Academy Cadets who went through an abbreviated USN BUD/S course in an attempt by the Navy to recruit them into switching services.

 

  

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Salvage Sailor

Excellent pick up. 

 

This is exactly why I started these USN (etc) patch manufacturer topics so that we collectors can verify when and where these patches were made and for what purpose.

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6 hours ago, Salvage Sailor said:

Excellent pick up. 

 

This is exactly why I started these USN (etc) patch manufacturer topics so that we collectors can verify when and where these patches were made and for what purpose.

Here are some pictures I kept off of eBay (eBay Seller 201staerosq) showing how this patch was worn by USAF Academy cadets.  I don't know who ended up with this jacket as I believe I got outbid as I recall.  

 

 

 

 

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USS RAMSEY (FFG-2) Brooke class guided missile destroyer escort in service 1967 to 1988. She was redesignated from DEG-2 to FFG-2 in 1975.

 

After shakedown off the west coast, Ramsey departed Long Beach, California, on 1 May 1968 for the western Pacific. Following duty off Vietnam and her return to Long Beach 9 November, she sailed again for the western Pacific 8 October 1969, and again operated off Vietnam, before returning to Long Beach 18 April 1970. Between January 1970 and January 1974, Ramsey alternated two more WestPac cruises with operations off the west coast of the United States.

 

Ramsey earned five battle stars for Vietnam service. She was classified as a Destroyer, Guided Missile Escort (DEG-2) from her commissioning until after her combat tours in Vietnam. The new designation was Guided Missile (Fighting) Frigate, (FFG-2), effective 30 June 1975. She was decommissioned on 1 September 1988.

 

Swiss-Tex ships' store patch circa 1975 and an unfinished Swiss-Tex FFG-2 patch

 

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Photo from Navsource:  USS RAMSEY (FFG-2) Operation Eagle Pull, Gulf of Siam, March 1975

 

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USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) 'Devil Dog',  Tarawa class amphibious assault ship (general purpose) in service 1978 to 2005

 

1978 Swiss-Tex Commissioning Set, The Leonard Corporation, Patch, Covers, Decals, Welcome Aboard

 

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Commissioning patch, September 1978

 

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Ships' Store version on small box card

 

LHA 3 USS BELLEAU WOOD Swiss Tex 002.jpg

 

 

 

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