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Ok, some more picture, these a mix, I think of the line crossing, the Rio de Janeiro port call, and some ship pics including one from an UNREP. 

 

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Some type of boat being lowered out of the Carrier, I assume. 

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Hanger deck shot. 

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An A-4 getting a Cat shot of the Independence.

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This one is interesting, I thought it was the line crossing at first, but no one is dressed up like a pirate. 

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This is clearly the line crossing, and it looks like an Officer walking around, keeping things somewhat under control?

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more line crossing

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More, this image makes it look like the ship has a bit of roll going on. 

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So, do the ships crew bring things aboard for the line crossing if they know one is coming? Or is all the stuff for these ceremonies already aboard and just made with creative efforts?

 

More to come!

 

Edited by JeepsGunsTanks

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More cool stuff to look at!  Second photo of the latest batch:  Young sailors with cameras following half-dressed young women at a foreign port -- who ever would have thought it?  I mean, honestly.  Third photo of "some kind of boat":  That's the Captain's gig.  The Old Man is going ashore.  On carriers, the gig usually lived in the hangar deck when he wasn't using it for something.  Hangar deck photo:  I counted eight A-6s and a Hawkeye.  Note the bundle of drop tanks hanging from the overhead.  With deck space at such a premium, that is the most logical place to store them.  The UNREP is taking place in the Pacific.  The supply ship is USS Pollux AKS-4.   Pollux was commissioned at the very beginning of WWII and was mothballed after the war, only to be recalled, overhauled and upgraded at some point later and then homeported at Yokosuka, Japan, where she lived out her days never to return to the US.  Note the campaign ribbons from three wars painted on the side of the bridge and the three awards of the Navy E for Excellence.  There is also a sign on the bridge that says "Close Out Sale.  Last Chance".  Pollux was decommissioned at Yokosuka in 1968; this was likely her last cruise, hence the closeout sale sign, which is a bit poignant if you think about it.  You can Google all this, BTW.  In this shot, the carrier is on her port side and that guided missile cruiser we saw earlier is on her starboard side.  And then there are all those Pollywogs.....

 

Cheers

OBG

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I have another big batch to post.

 

Some more crossing the line stuff. 

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This one seems to be some other event, not the line crossing. 

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I think this one is from Yokohama.

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This one looks like it too

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A huge crane. 

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More Yokohama?

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Since it looks like one of those Sailors is carrying a Pioneer box, I'm guessing Yokohama again. 

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Also Yokohama?

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Our old Friend DD-747

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I have more to come!

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http://www.nhahistoricalsociety.org/index.php/hc-7-combat-rescue-43-19-june-1968/

 

Thought I’d share with the group. Your dad likely worked on the seats that saved these men’s lives. (Which incidentally, my coworker grew up on NAS Oceana and was neighbors with Lt Cdr Burns...played in his house alongside his kids in the early 70s).

 

anyway the link is to the Medal Of Honor mission for HC-7s rescue of the VF-33 crew from USS America. An amazing story...and to see some of these jets in color just brings it all to life!

 

Peter

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JeepsGunsTanks, nice set of photos. I'm sorry your dad is gone now but so many of our old shipmates are also gone. I'm 77 now and I can feel the Grim Reaper breathing down my neck. Thanks for posting those photos. I was a cocky young buck of 26 when I was on the America and flying those missions in an A-7. When I get used to it and figure out this web site, I hope to post many more. 

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sounds better this way

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23 hours ago, easixpedro said:

http://www.nhahistoricalsociety.org/index.php/hc-7-combat-rescue-43-19-june-1968/

 

Thought I’d share with the group. Your dad likely worked on the seats that saved these men’s lives. (Which incidentally, my coworker grew up on NAS Oceana and was neighbors with Lt Cdr Burns...played in his house alongside his kids in the early 70s).

 

anyway the link is to the Medal Of Honor mission for HC-7s rescue of the VF-33 crew from USS America. An amazing story...and to see some of these jets in color just brings it all to life!

 

Peter

 

That's an amazing story,  I wonder if my old man had anything to do with the Seats in the Phantom!

5 hours ago, Burner said:

JeepsGunsTanks, nice set of photos. I'm sorry your dad is gone now but so many of our old shipmates are also gone. I'm 77 now and I can feel the Grim Reaper breathing down my neck. Thanks for posting those photos. I was a cocky young buck of 26 when I was on the America and flying those missions in an A-7. When I get used to it and figure out this web site, I hope to post many more. 

 

Thanks! I really wish I had appreciated this stuff more when he was around. I really glad others have found them interesting too!   Send me a PM if you need a place to host your pics, I can put them up on my site and send you the links if you want. 

 

 

 

I have more pics to post, not many of the aircraft, mostly shore leave and ship stuff. I should have some time this weekend. 

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Great pics!  Really enjoying this thread.  But thank God Royal Caribbean didn’t put us through all this when we crossed the line! 

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