USS Thomaston in Sydney Australia 1971 USS Thomaston in Sydney Australia, 1971 The USS Thomaston was armed with twin 3 inch 50 guns The USS Thomaston was armed with twin 3 inch 50 guns TN was used to identify the USS Thomaston Boats TN was used to identify the USS Thomaston Boats USS Thomaston flight deck and cranes at sunset in Subic Bay Philippines 1973 USS Thomaston flight deck and cranes at sunset in Subic Bay, Philippines 1973 When the well deck was empty we sometimes would fill it up and use it as a swimming pool When the well deck was empty, we sometimes would fill it up and use it as a swimming pool Wing wall gun as viewed from the original flight deck area Wing wall gun as viewed from the original flight deck area Some amphibious craft could go underwater as they left the well deck. It was a good idea to close... Some amphibious craft could go underwater as they left the well deck. It was a good idea to close... Port bow gun (right) with GMG3 Lynn Luth wearing a headset Port bow gun (right) with GMG3 Lynn Luth wearing a headset Steaming outside of San Diego Steaming outside of San Diego There were originally eight twin 3 inch 50 guns on the Thomaston. The ones on the 'wing walls' were... There were originally eight twin 3 inch 50 guns on the Thomaston. The ones on the 'wing walls' were... It takes about an hour and a half to ballast the ship down until there's enough water in the docking... It takes about an hour and a half to ballast the ship down until there's enough water in the docking... Departing San Diego Departing San Diego Ballast tanks much like a submarine has were used to raise and lower the ship Ballast tanks much like a submarine has were used to raise and lower the ship 'Swim Call' was very popular and something that the crew looked forward to 'Swim Call' was very popular and something that the crew looked forward to The boats were ready to go at a moment's notice in case of situations like a 'man overboard' The boats were ready to go at a moment's notice in case of situations like a 'man overboard' The flight and well deck at sunset in the Philippines The flight and well deck at sunset in the Philippines The amount of equipment and supplies carried would vary from nearly empty to very full The amount of equipment and supplies carried would vary from nearly empty to very full GMG3 'Bunny' Bundschuh Port side midship gun GMG3 'Bunny' Bundschuh Port side midship gun Passing by Point Loma in San Diego Harbor Passing by Point Loma in San Diego Harbor USS Thomaston Ship Photos... USS Thomaston Ship Photos... USS Thomaston LSD-28 Ship builders and officers at Ingalls Ship Yard September 17th 1954 USS Thomaston LSD-28 Ship builders and officers at Ingalls Ship Yard September 17th, 1954 Storms such as this one in 1958 would make for a rough time if the boats needed to be launched Storms such as this one in 1958 would make for a rough time if the boats needed to be launched USS Thomaston in the Artic see more photos of the Artic in the operations area USS Thomaston in the Artic, see more photos of the Artic in the operations area The Marines stored supplies in the mezzanine deck The Marines stored supplies in the mezzanine deck Canvas covers were also used to further protect the guns critical parts Canvas covers were also used to further protect the guns critical parts The guns had plugs in the barrels when not in use to protect them from the salt air which were to be... The guns had plugs in the barrels when not in use to protect them from the salt air which were to be... Crew UDT and other visitors would sometimes use at sea access to come aboard or leave the Thomaston Crew, UDT and other visitors would sometimes use at sea access to come aboard or leave the Thomaston There were various kinds of craft that could be seen at different times in the well deck There were various kinds of craft that could be seen at different times in the well deck Spring covers made of canvas then later replaced by stainless steel were also as protection from... Spring covers made of canvas, then later replaced by stainless steel were also as protection from... The flight deck covered the well deck and was strong enough to allow certain types of helicopter to... The flight deck covered the well deck and was strong enough to allow certain types of helicopter to...
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