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Tom was an  ENSIGN during the 1964 world cruise (Operation Sea Orbit) on Enterprise.  Part of a detachment of 10 officers and 40 enlisted.  They were based at NAS LAKEHURST, N.J.  Primary mission was rescue (plane guard) during air ops.  Detachment had three KAMAN UH-2A "SEASPRITE" all weather helos which were also used for utility work a personnel transfers to other ships.  During the '64 cruise they lost all three choppers due to accidents and mechanical failures.   They flew replacement helos out to NAS Sigonella, Sicily using C-130's.  later detachment was designated HC-2 during the Vietnam War.  The "C" meaning combat support. Photo and  squadron logo images provided by Tom.
 

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Image taken from cruise book Official US Navy Photograph

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