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The RFA Tidesurge (A98) photographs the USS Forrestal CV-59.

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Some great photos from Brad Jones.
Aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, Tonkin Gulf, Yankee station off of Viet Nam.

USS Forrestal CV-59.

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In 1967 the British Oiler, RFA Tidesurge (A98), photographs the USS Forrestall after the fire

Photo from Brad Jones
 stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk & the USS Forrestal.

the start of the viet nam war ordered by president johnson

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 Tidesurge (A98), photographs the USS Forrestal after the fire.

We were being refueled under very poor conditions by RFA Tidesurge (A98)
off the coast of South Africa. She was a British Oilier.

They were the only vessel that got close to us to take pictures. Remember
what a sight they were? I've since learned that they were on their way home
from a half year long blockade (with no liberty) of Rhodesia who had declared
themselves independent.

Anyway, their film ain't too good and didn't stand up to the years too well, but
Click Here's how we looked to them as they pulled up to refuel us in August 1967. I'd
say we didn't look much like a U.S. Navy warship.  It had only been a week or
two since we left Subic Bay and we were already covered with rust again due to
the damage of the fire

These are all photos taken of USS Forrestal (CVA-59) when we were returning to the U.S. in August 1967 after our fire in the Tonkin Gulf on 29 July 1967. Once back in the states, we in RVAH-11 got replacement aircraft, tools, etc. and returned to Vietnam aboard USS Kitty


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