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Left patch contributed by John Pastula, center patch contributed by Tommy Trampp, right patch contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Tarawa (LHA-1)

Photo Collection of John Pastula FTG1 USN (plankowner)

Photos by John Pastula unless otherwise noted
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) undergoing shock trials off San Clemente Island, CA., circa 1977-78
US Navy photo
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) in drydock at Naval Shipyard Long Beach, CA., circa 1977 -78 after shock trials at San Clemente Island, CA.
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) NATO Sea Sparrow launch, circa 1977-78, under way tests before 1979 deployment.
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) NATO Sea Sparrow launch, circa 1977-78, under way tests before 1979 deployment. Note the “Eagle of the Sea”, created by FTM3 Steve Klontz, image on side of the launcher. All of the ship's launchers, gun mounts ,etc, were adorned with this image.
Photo by Joe Reed FTM1.
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) NATO Sea Sparrow launch, circa 1977-78, under way tests before 1979 deployment. Note the “Eagle of the Sea”, created by FTM3 Steve Klontz, image on side of the launcher. All of the ship's launchers, gun mounts ,etc, were adorned with this image.
Photo by Joe Reed FTM1.
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Gun shoot, from 08 level TDT (Target Designation Transmitter), basically test of manual gun control, 1978.
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Mishap hitting a columniation tower while docking in San Diego, circa 1978,
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) off the coast of Thailand 1979.
Photo by John Smith FTG1.
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One of USS Tarawa (LHA-1)'s helicopters recovers a downed aircraft from a rice paddy in Malaysia in 1979.
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USS Tarawa (LHA-1) at anchor in the harbor at Hong Kong in 1979.
Photo by John Smith FTG1.
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GMG3 Frank Harper, with a 5”-54 mount reflected in his sun glasses, Westpac ‘79
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5”54 with the “Eagle of the Sea” logo painted by FTM3 Steve Klontz, Westpac ‘79
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A 5” round carried by the G DIv chief petty officer, wearing the original Silver logo/blue Tarawa hat design, Westpac ‘79
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Music day at sea, Westpac '79, (Tarawa Jam 1), FTM3 Joe Arelt on base
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LTjgs Mark Lunny (left) and Mike Kuntz through the safety netting, Westpac '79,
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LTjg. Mark Lunny providing a tour for some several admirls of the Fire Control system, circa 1978
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Skeet shooting off the flight deck
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Radar display entering Subic Bay, Philippines. AN/SPQ-9 Fire Control radar, sometimes used to aid navigation. Westpac '79
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Marine AV-8A "Harrier"s on the flight deck of USS Tarawa. Westpac '79
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A Marine Corps AV-8A "Harrier" jet takes off from the flight deck of USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during ship's 1979 deployment.
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VMA 231 AV-8A "Harrier" jets staged on USS Tarawa's flight deck, Westpac '79
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VMA 231 AV-8A "Harrier" jet just about airborne, Westpac '79
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Marine AV-8A "Harrier"s on the flight deck of USS Tarawa. Westpac '79
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A Marine Corps AV-8A "Harrier" jet takes off in the rain from the flight deck of USS Tarawa (LHA-1) heading back to MCAS Cherry Point N.C. near the end of ship's 1979 deployment.

Shellback initiation Westpac '79, "Crossing the line"
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Kissing the Royal Baby's belly
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FTG3 Tom Utych emerging from the garbage chute
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FTG3 George Mackris was our "beauty queen" rep for F DIV

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