RHODES, Greece
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USS Mississinewa
 AO-144

 
6th Fleet
Replenishment Ship
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  made port here in 1965
per current records on hand
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An unidentified Sailor takes the plunge with his shipmates while enjoying liberty in Rhodes, Greece


The beautiful "Island of Roses" has a rich and varied history. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay  of St. Paul, where the apostle landed during the voyages. The crusading Knights of St. John left the medieval city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The Ottoman Turks then occupied Rhodes for almost 400 years leaving mosques, minarets and a Turkish bath to mark their presence.

The two pillars where the Collossos of Rhodes Stood astride

Fortified wall of Old Town Rhodes... SOURCE

USS Forrestal CVA59 Outside of Rhodes Harbor

Bicycling around Rhodes

USCGC Courier (WAGR-410; WTR-410); The larger cutters also included a number of vessels brought into service for a specific task.  The Courier was a Cold War "warrior" commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet to act as a relay station for the U.S. Information Agency's "Voice of America" from 1952 to 1964.  She was stationed off the island of Rhodes, Greece, during that time.  Interestingly, the transmitting equipment on board her was the most powerful of its kind ever installed on a ship.  She ended her Coast Guard career as a training vessel for reservists and was decommissioned in 1972.
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