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A Carrier Air Formation was known as a Carrier Air Group (CVG)
from September 1, 1948 to December 20, 1963

The Designator was then changed to Carrier Air Wing (CVW)

Carrier Air Groups/Wings
and Air Tactical Groups

 Carrier Air Group One, CVA-41, 1954 - 1955 Cruise

Large Vintage backpatch for your Jacket

U. S. Navy CVG-1, Japan made, Air Group One Insignia, USS Midway (CVA-41) circa 1954 - 1955 while cruising the Straits of Taiwan(Formosa), UnUsed.......(sold)

Squadron Insignia depicted:
VF-101 (Grim Reapers)
 VF-12 (Flying Ubangis)  
VF-174 (Razors)
VA-15 (Valions)

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Carrier Air Group One (CVG-1)


A cruise book of the USS Roosevelt (CVA-42) from January - July 1960 shows this CVG-1 design on a Wall Plaque


CVG-1 with fine-mesh cheescloth on back, minor storage stain on upper-left of blue shield, UnUsed.......inquire
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Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1)



made in the PI, UnUsed......(sold)
Rare Air Tactical Group

VA(AW)-35 VAN Team 49 Cruise

( VAN = Heavier than Air, Night Attack )

ATG-2 (Air Tactical Group Two), Japan Made Insignia, USS Hancock's 1957 Hawaiian Cruise, removed from jacket, Orange panel has dark stain, otherwise in Good Condition, Used......inquire

( see VA(AW)-35 patch Group  from their 1958 Cruise on the Lexington )
Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2)
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AIR WING TWO, made in Japan



Large Japan made patch, UnUsed......inquire
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Made in Japan

see the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) section for other patches from this Veteran's Grouping, circa 1969-1971


RFU, puckered, has been washed, Used.......inquire
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Carrier Air Wing Two Beach Detachment


CVW-2 Beach DET, made in the PI, Unused.....inquire
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Older and Present Designs

pre-2000 design, probably made in the 1990s, UnUsed......inquire

post-1999 design, UnUsed......inquire
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CVW-2 WEST PAC "1968", modern patch


I would estimate this patch was made in the 1980s into the 1990s, maybe a ReUnion patch(?), UnUsed......inquire

( Bullion thread patch on medium-Blue Felt, made in Iwakuni, Japan (maybe the  'REX' shop) (see stamp on reverse )

Named on back and I think he was a "CT".


Impression marks in upper corners (probably from the maker's shop?), UnUsed.......inquire
Carrier Air Group-3, Korean War Era (circa 1953)
Extra-Large CVG-3, made in Japan


Embroidered on black felt, tiny pin-hole below "AIR" where it was held by a thumb-tack, UnUsed......(sold)
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Japan made "Brown Hand" CVW-3


CVW-3 "CARRIER AIR WING 3", Japan made, Vietnam Era.....(sold)
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CVW-3 "CARRIER AIR WING". Japan made, Vietnam War Era, Used.......inquire
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CVW-3 with Dark Brown hand, made in USA


Carrier Air Wing-3, UnUsed......inquire
Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5)

Japan made

RFU, Used......inquire


Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6)


Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7)

Blue twill base material, UnUsed.....inquire

center-bottom, UnUsed.....inquire


Carrier Air Group-8 (CVG-8)

Carrier Air Wing-8 (CVW-8)
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click on picture for details
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RFU, Used...inquire
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Large made in Japan patch


Japan made, UnUsed......inquire
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CVW-8 onboard CVN-72 for the "SHAKEDOWN CRUISE 1990"
UnCommon patches as they were for the short "Shakedown Cruise" in 1990; the FIRST Wing to sail on the Lincoln.
Listed with the USS Lincoln on the CARRIER page
Carrier Air Wing-Nine (CVW-9)


made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire
Carrier Air Group Ten (CVG-10)
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older patch, tiny pin hole above the "A" in AIR, residue on back, Unused.......inquire

( a Name Tag came with this patch, the buyer may have the Pilot's name and rank, just ask )
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Pilot's Grouping - very clean patches - were displayed underglass
I also have the USS Essex (CVA-9) Cruise Book for this deployment
( See VF-173 and VA-153 for other patches from this Grouping )
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Carrier Air Wing 10 (CVW-10), made by ACE of Tokyo, Japan


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
CVG-10 Established May 1, 1950; Redesignated CVW-10 December 20, 1963; Disestablished November 20, 1969
Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11)
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CARRIER AIR WING-11, made in Japan


Japan made patch, UnUsed.....inquire
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1973, 1974, and 1975 Cruise Patches

CVW-11 Cruise in 1973-74 onboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), Japan made, UnUsed..........inquire

 CVW-11 "WESTPAC 75" cruise on the Kitty Hawk, PI made, UnUsed...............inquire

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3 x Variations of the CVW-11 insignia

with paper-backing material, UnUsed....inquire

Bottom-center, with "pebble-material" backing, UnUsed....inquire

Fully-embroidered, UnUsed....inquire

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CVW-11 WESTPAC 1996-1997 & "BORN IN THE USA"

"THE REAL WORLD", UnUsed.......inquire

Pilot's "BORN IN THE USA", "CVW-11" on his left shoulder harness, UnUsed.......inquire
Carrier Air Wing-13 (CVW-11)


Cut-edge border, UnUsed........inquire

White Merrowed-edge Border, UnUsed........inquire

Black Merrowed-edge border, UnUsed........inquire
Carrier Air Wing-14 (CVW-14)



White Merrowed-edge, UnUsed........inquire

Commander Attack Carrier Air Wing Fifteen (COMATKCARAIRWING-15)

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 CARRIER AIR WING-15, Japan made


Large CVW-15 patch, UnUsed......inquire
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Large made in Japan Insignia


Large, made in Japan, Unused......inquire
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Large COMATKCAR AIRWING-15, Japan made, been in 2 scrapbooks, UnUsed.........inquire
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Pilot's Grouping - very clean patches - were displayed underglass
ATKRON-153 & Carrier Air Wing-15
I also have the USS Coral Sea "CARRIER WEST" 1964-65 Cruise Book for this deployment
(very uncommon cruise book - made-up of parts in a binder that can be added to?)
( See VF-173 and VF-62 for other patches from this Grouping )


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COMCARAIRGRU-17 onboard the USS Roosevelt
See CVG-17 patch on the VF-173 page
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larger Japan made patch, UnUsed.....inquire
Carrier Air Group-19 (CVG-19)

Carrier Air Wing 19 (CVW-19)

CVG-19's patch was worn in the movie "The Bridges of Toko-ri", circa 1954
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CVG-19, Korean War era, RFU Flight jacket, minor discoloration from wear, Used.....(sold)
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Carrier Air Group Nineteen
Larger Japan made Insignia
CVG-19, made in Japan, UnUsed........(sold)
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CVW-19 made in Japan


large Japan made patch, UnUsed......inquire
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Both made in Japan

Helmet Comb has different colors (maybe other Squadrons are in the Wing?), UnUsed......inquire

This comb is similar in color to the old Korean War era patch shown above, UnUsed......inquire

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Carrier Air Wing 19 (CVW-19) "INDIAN COUNTRY 1972"

Insignia for the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) deployment to Vietnam June 5, 1972 - March 30, 1973

Map of North Vietnam shows 2 x Red Stars, possibly for bombing Haiphong and Hanoi


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partial History
CVW-19 deployment on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) June 5, 1972 - March 30, 1973
VF-191 F-8J
VF-194 F-8J
VA-153 A-7A
VA-155 A-7B
VA-215 A-7B
VFP-63 Det 4 RF-8G
VAQ-130 Det 3 EKA-3B
VAW-111 Det 6 E-1B
HC-1 Det 5 SH-3G
Carrier Air Wing Twenty-One 21 (CVW-21)

modern, UnUsed......inquire
CVLG-58 (later CVLG-1)

Veteran or Collector's data on back "CAG 58" and "46-49"

The Navy site indicates this design was approved for VT-58 on July 1, 1946 (I have doubts on this ID?)

CVLG-58 served aboard the USS Saipan (CVL-58) with 2 squadrons:
VF-58 (later VF-1L) flying Grumann Hellcats and Bearcats
VT-58 (later VA-1L) flying Grumann Avengers

This could be one of the first Combo/Gaggle patches(??)


Embroidered on felt with fine-mesh backing, UnUsed......inquire

( also listed on VA and VF pages )
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partial History
CVLG-58 Established March 15, 1946; Redesignated CVLG-1 November 14, 1946; Disestablished 20 Nov 1948
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group-52

Established June 1 1960 - Disestablished December 15 1969


CVSG-52, pre-1970, large, UnUsed......(sold)

( Squadron insignia on patch is probably: VS-28 Gamblers and HS-11 Dragons )

CVSG-52 sailed on the: Wasp, Lake Champlain, & Intrepid
Commander Light Attack Wing, Pacific



Task Forces
Joint Task Force Seven (JTF-7)

JTF-7 made-up of: Army, Navy, Air Force, & Atomic Energy Commission units
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Ronson style lighter by Penquin of Japan


Atomic Bomb Tests Cigarette Lighter made by Penquin of Japan, placenames on lighter: Eniwetok Atoll, Bogallua, West-Spit, Libiron, Igurin, Engebi, Rujiyoru, Piai, and Japtan, Used.......(sold)
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Zippo style lighter by Penquin of Japan

Atomic Bomb Tests Cigarette Lighter made by Penquin of Japan, place names engraved on lighter: Eniwetok Atoll, Bogallua, West-Spit, Libiron, Igurin, Engebi, Rujiyoru, Piai, and Japtan, Used.....inquire

bottom line reads: "NO. 19531 JAPAN"
 Combined Task Force-43, Operation Deep Freeze

TF-43 was started circa 1955-56


TF-43, UnUsed.......inquire

( also on USCG page, OP DF section )
Carrier Task Force 60


CTF-60, UnUsed.....inquire
CTF-77 70

Carrier Group Five
Carrier Strike Force
Battle Force
U.S. Seventh Fleet 7th Fleet


Large Task Force 77-95

Patch RFU of Admiral Earl W. White

Japan made, TF 77-95 was formed in 1950-51 to Pickup downed pilots in Wonsan Harbor, USS Boxer (CV-21) was the TF Flagship. Rescue ships were destroyers: USS Carpenter (DDK-825), USS Radford (DDE-446), & USS O'Bannon (DDE-450) with the Tender USS Ajax (AR-6) supporting, Used....inquire

(  I have a vintage typed-note stating the above which goes to the buyer )
Task Force 77, CVA-63, 1966-67 WESTPAC Cruise

Carrier Air Wing 11 Gaggle patch, Large Japan made Back Patch

CAW-11 WESTPAC Cruise 1966-67 on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) depicting all of it's Squadrons: VF-213, VA-85, VA-112, VAW-11, HC-1, VAH-4, VA-144,  RVAH-13(?), VF-114.
Areas Visited: Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Tonkin Gulf, and San Diego, UnUsed.........(sold)
Commander Task Force Seventy-Seven ( CTF-77 )


CTF-77, UnUsed.......inquire
Task Groups

Air Task Group Three (ATG-3)

"NIHIL DIF-FICILE" = Nothing is Difficult( or Impossible)

circa 1956-58, Japan made


ATG-III, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
Task Group Alfa

Established in the mid-1950s to Track and Pursue Soviet submarines in the Atlantic


RFU, Used......inquire
Task Group Bravo

Anti-submarine Warfare Group in the Western Atlantic


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partial History
Established October 15, 1957; was still active circa 1961


Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet)



USA made and circa 1960s, RFU, Used........inquire
Seventh Fleet (7th Fleet)

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United States Seventh Fleet


larger Japan made 7th Fleet, Unused......inquire
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Smaller Japan made patch than the one above


United States Seventh Fleet "READY POWER FOR PEACE", Japan made, UnUsed......inquire
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U.S. 7th Fleet, KOREA


made in Japan, circa 1960s, UnUsed......inquire
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United States Seventh Fleet "VIETNAM", circa 1967 - 1968

Era and ID printed on reverse


7th Fleet, UnUsed....(sold)
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3506BM - RVN Era Navy Commander’s Bring-Backs


3506BM-D. 7th Fleet Sake CUP (marked Fukagawa), UnUsed...inquire

3506BM-E. 7th Fleet Sake CUP (marked Fukagawa), UnUsed...inquire

3506BM-F. 7th  Fleet Sake CUP (marked Fukagawa), UnUsed...inquire

3506BM-G. 7th Fleet Brass PAPER WEIGHT, (3" disc, it is heavy – needs the fingerprints polished from the bottom) red box has storage damage,  New-in-the-Box, UnUsed


White flecks on 3506BM-L and M are lint

3506BM-L. RVN Era Dark Blue ISSUE Wool Crew-Neck SWEATER, size Medium (40-42), dated 1962 (QM(CTM)10875-T-62), worn and washed/dry-cleaned(?), Used.....inquire

3506BM-M. early-RVN Era ISSUE Dark Blue Wool Crew-Neck SWEATER, size Medium (40 - 42), dated 1967 (DSA100-67-C-2089), (maybe never worn), Used.....inquire


3506BM-L (1962)                                                                                                                     3506BM-M (1967)

3506BM-P. 7th Fleet ZIPPO Combination Folding Pen Knife and Fingernail File, with a 3-Star Flag, UnUsed.....inquire

3506BM-Q. ZIPPO Folding Pen Knife and Fingernail File combo, Presentation piece from JAMES WEBB (Secretary of the U.S. Navy), New-with-Storage Marks(NWSM), UnUsed......inquire

3506BM-R. “United States Seventh Fleet” “READY POWER FOR PEACE” ZIPPO Combination Folding Pen Knife and Fingernail File, UnUsed....inquire

Divisions, Flotillas,
Groups, & Squadrons

Destroyer Escort Squadron-3 (CORT-RON-THREE)

Made in Japan

came with the HU-1, UNIT-7 Family Grouping


Trident and Shepard's Staff, UnUsed........inquire
Commander Carrier Divisions Four & Six


COM. CAR. DIV. 4, blue patch, looks older, UnUsed........inquire

COMCARDIV-4, yellow patch, UnUsed........inquire

Division-4, black/yellow patch, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........inquire

Division-6, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........inquire
Submarine Group Five


Patches came together - anyone know the meaning and use of the "CH23" patch?

SUB Group-5, UnUsed.......(sold)

"CH 23 26 FVS BAD GUYS GROUP", pebble backing cloth (probably from the 1970s), RFU, Used.......(sold)

Destroyer Flotilla 5, circa pre-1973



smaller DESFLOT-5, USA made, Unused.......inquire
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partial History for Navy terms and organization

The term FLOTILLA was probably replaced by the word "GROUP" circa June 1973(?).

The modern Chain of Command for related terms are: Group>Squadron>division.  

Pacific Fleets are Odd Numbered:
3rd  =  West Coast - Hawaii (Training Fleet)
 When ships deploy from the West Coast and cross a line in the Pacific they "chop" change Operational Command to:
7th = Western Pacific
5th = Persian Gulf

Atlantic Fleets are Even Numbered:
2nd = East Coast (Training Fleet)
4th = Carribean, Central & South America (just stood up early 2008)
6th = Western Atlantic and MED
Commander Carrier Division Seven


Large 7" patch made in Japan, COMCARDIV-7. UnUsed.......inquire
COMCARDIV-7, made in Japan


Submarine Squadron-8 (SUBRON-8)


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
Destroyer Squadron-9

"En Garde"


DESRON-9, made in Japan, 5", Unused.....inquire

 ( formerly  UI#172 )
Destroyer Squadron-11


DESRON-11, Japan made, UnUsed........inquire
Submarine Squadron-Fourteen, Nuclear Submarine patch

Lighter and Patch found together


Stationed at Holy Loch, Scotland, Squadron Established in July 1958, UnUsed......inquire
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SUBRON-14 Penquin Cigarette Lighter

scanner at 300dpi

1 15/16" tall "High Qualtiy LIGHTER" NO. 19531, made in Japan, lid is tight=not much usage, Used.....(sold)
Destroyer Squadron 23 (DESRON-23)

"Little Beaver Squadron"


6" (vertical), Japan made, UnUsed...........inquire
Destroyer Squadron 26 (DESRON-26)



Mine Division 45, Naval Mine Warfare

The only info I can find is it operated, circa 1955 to 1958, out of Charleston, South Carolina

Mine Operations sayings I found on the web:
"Haze Gray and Underway"
"The Wooden Ships with Iron Men"
"Where the Fleet goes, We've Been"
"My Wake is your Track"


MinDiv-45 patch made in Japan with label on back(on right side-hard to see=faded), minor yellowish stain near border around 0930, UnUsed.......inquire
Mine Division-72, Operation Market Time circa April 1965

USS Firm & Force in the Mine DIV-72

Came with the HU-1, UNIT-7 Family Grouping


Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
Destroyer Squadron-17

Destroyer Division-252

DESRON-17, Japan made, UnUsed..........inquire

DESDIV-252, Japan made, UnUsed.........(sold)

Other Units/Commands

 Surface Action Group, CHARLIE and DELTA
( this may not be the best title for the section but the accounts on the Internet are highly convoluted )

The "Battle of the Persian Gulf" patch is from Operation Praying Mantis, it is an Uncommon find.
Ships are named to include the Irani vessels.....I know of 3 different patches that commemorates this battle, this is the 2nd one I have owned

Operation Praying Mantis was an attack on April 18, 1988, by U.S. naval forces within Iranian territorial waters in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf during the Iran Iraq war and the subsequent damage to an American warship.  On 14 April, the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine while deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Earnest Will; the mission in 1987-88 in which U.S. warships escorted reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers to protect them from Iranian attacks.
The explosion opened a 25-foot hole in the Roberts's hull and nearly sank it. The crew saved their ship with no loss of life, and Roberts was towed to Dubai on 16 April. After the mining, U.S. Navy divers recovered other mines in the area. When the serial numbers were found to match those of mines seized along with the Iran Ajr the previous September, U.S. military officials planned a retaliatory operation against Iranian targets in the Persian Gulf.
The attack by the U.S. helped pressure Iran to agree to a ceasefire with Iraq later that summer, ending the eight-year conflict between the Persian Gulf neighbors.

Many units participated, some are the: Strauss, Simpson, Bagley, VA-95, not sure of the carrier but the USS Enterprise was mentioned on the web(?).
( Any Veteran of the action that feels his unit was left-out....write a short history of the Complete Action and I will put it in this section. )

( see VA-95 section for a Novelty/Morale patch for this Operation )


United States Navy Military Sealift Command


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Military Sealift Command, Atlantic


United States Navy Supplies/etc. via surface shipping, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
The Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) was Established July 9, 1949 to maintain the Department of Defense's ocean transport needs
MSTS was ReDesignated Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 1970

apparently stationed at SASEBO, Japan

"TGU" expands to Technical Guidance Unit.  From the emblem on the patches I would guess unit was composed of: Submarine,  Surface, and Aviation personnel.

Additional sources state "RMR" means Ride Mother Ride.

I found these Japan made patches together - I don't remember the other 2-3 patches that came from the same Veteran.

made in Japan, UnUsed.......inquire

TGU RMR, Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire

( I did a few Web searches and got several hits for the NSG??? )

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