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WESTPAC Deployments

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5 January 1956 to ? August 1956 - USS Princeton (CV-37)

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13 January 1958 to 25 July 1958 - USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)

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4 September 1959 to 18 March 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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3 March 1961 to 18 September 1961 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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19 April 1963 to 3 December 1963 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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19 June 1964 to 16 September 1964 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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9 June 1966 to 20 December 1966 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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18 August 1967 to 5 April 1968 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

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29 March 1969 to 4 September 1969 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

During the deployments above the Indian Gals of HS-6 conducted a wide variety of operations in support of the US Seventh Fleet; Combat Search & Rescue missions supporting US air strikes in North Viet Nam; logistics and surveillance coverage in the Gulf of Tonkin; VIP transport to President Johnson at the Seven Nation Conference in Manila; participated in Combined exercises with our Allies; responded to the North Korean's seizure of the USS Pueblo in the Sea of Japan and provided search and rescues support after the USS Evans was sunk. The links below will take you to more information about each of these endeavors.

Combat SAR SAR Pix LBJ Support USS Evans Special M-60 Carrier Ops UnRep Misc Ops

USS Pueblo (AGER-2)

On January 23, 1968, the USS PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. HS-6, embarked in the USS Kearsarge departed the South China Sea en route to the Sea of Japan where we operated for over a month in freezing conditions before departing for San Diego on 19 March 1968. Bob Chiccia, senior enlisted Marine aboard at time of capture, participated in the Bonita, California's Veterans' Memorial Flag Ceremony on 11 April 2006.

Updated:06/03/15