Air anti-submarine Squadron 29 had the
distinguished honor to be among the first
in the Navy to fly the S3A Viking
antisubmarine patrol plane off of carriers--
the reason for the Viking in the patch.
I believe this was the Viking's inaugural
deployment in the Pacific.
It was a beautiful and relatively quiet plane,
everyone's daydream to own one in
civilian life!  One added advantage!
It also carried mail pods under its wings
on special flights, so we got regular mail
in the Indian Ocean!


This TACNAV patch was worn by
aircrew of VS squadrons as well as
those in the TSO office.


This is the 1980-81
Westpac patch, version 1


This is the 1980-81 Westpac patch,
version 2 (can you see the similarity
to the 1979 Westpac patch,
version 2


Commander, Carrier Group 7 (ComCarGru 7, or CCG7) -- the Flag (Admiral's) group onboard RANGER during the 1980-81 cruise.


Helicopter squadron HS-2 "flying falcons"  Hopped many a ride with these guys 
(carrying along my camera)


Helicopter support squadron (twin blade
 Sikorsky, vertrep) 11


Prowler patch, probably the most beautiful 
patch I have ever seen, the stitching of the 
cougar was very fine and colors were very complementary.  Worn by members of 
Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-137, 
flying the EA6-B Prowler aircraft 
(A-6 Electronic Warfare variant)


Tomcat Patch worn by squadron members 
of VF-1 and VF-2.  This was one of -- if not 
THE -- first deployment of Tomcats onboard a Pacific Fleet carrier


VA-113 squadron insignia worn by 
members of that squadron, flying Corsair II
aircraft (last deployment prior to
transitioning to the F-18 Hornet)


Squadron insignia of Attack Squadron VA-145, flying Corsair II aircraft for
this Westpac, last deployment with this aircraft type prior to going to the F-18 Hornet.


VA-2 Bounty Hunter Tomcat
(F-14) squadron patch


VAQ-137 "Rooks" squadron patch (Electronic Warfare). 
The Northwest American Indian "eagle" motif reminds us that this squadron was based at Whidbey Island north of Seattle


VAW-117 squadron patch.  This "Lemur"
was meant to emphasize the "far-sighted"
early warning capability of the squadron
and did its job well, but overall, I prefer
the beauty of its previous patch for the 1979
cruise (light blue background, red "dragon")


Squadron Patch of VF-1 Tomcat Squadron,
"The Wolfpack".  This squadron pioneered
the now common practice of MINIMIZING
the paint jobs on their aircraft (so that potential enemies could not easily
recognize squadron and aircraft at a distance).  This practice is now
common in the Navy, but before
this time, it was the practice to paint squadron aircraft  indistinctive colors,
which -- if recognized -- would easily tell
an enemy what TYPE of aircraft it was (givingaway its capabilities) and WHICH carrier it belonged to  (and therefore which Battle Groupwas in the area)


This was our FAVORITE squadron,
since it brought us our packages and mail. 
This is the squadron patch of Cargo
Squadron 50, which flew the CODs to us
at least a couple of times per week!
(COD = Carrier Onboard Delivery)


The squadron patch of Air Antisubmarine Squadron VS-37, where the "cold hand"
of death, hovers from above over an
enemy sub.


Aircraft type patch of a Corsair II (A-7)
single engine, single seater light attack bomber


Hawkey E-2C aircraft type patch,
worn by membersof  the Airborne
Early Warning Squadron VAW-117


Intruder A-6 aircraft type patch, worn by members of VA-113 and VA-137 squadrons during this cruise.


VRC-30 This FairReccon Squadron,
I believe, flewthe WHALE aircraft,
but can't quite remember what the
designation of the whale WAS. 
Just know it was big.


Viking aircraft type patch
worn by VS squadrons


TACNAV patch worn by antisubmarine
personnel in RANGER's crew (TSC)
as well as VS squadron personnel.


USS CAMDEN (AOE-2) patch, this is on my "rack curtain" from RANGER because I was taken first to AOE-2 from RANGER on leaving CV-61 enroute back to the States.  It turned out that my FIRST XO aboard RANGER turned out to be the CO of AOE-2 and we had a nice
talk for the couple of days I was aboard.  AOE-2 steamed toward Oman, to drop us off at Masirah airbase where the Air Force could pick us up for the trip home


USAF patch I obtained from a crewman
 on board the C-141 that took us from
Masirah Airbase in Oman toDiego Garcia


Gonzo Station patch (the area
around the north arabian sea
patrolled constantly by carriers
during the Iranian Hostage Crisis)
Notice the infinity symbol in that area.

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