Space Recovery Missions
By USS Ponchatoula AO-148
All Gemini Recoveries occured in the Atlantic, except  Gemini VIII

The USS Ponchatoula AO-148 was secondary recovery ship for Gemini 4, 6, & 7 lunar missions as well as the Apollo 7 if they occured in the Pacific. They all landed in the Atlantic.

See how the Kawishiwi crew prepared for recoveries in 1965.
Jon Bernard was aboard sister ship when Kawishiwi was assigned as secondary recovery vessel, 200 miles downrange of the primary recovery carrier (Iwo Jima, as I recall) for some Apollo missions (I'd have to check which ones). We carried a full scale Apollo re-entry module & made practice approaches on it in mid-Pacific moderate sea conditions while under the watchful eye of  NASA supervisors. The Kawishiwi wasn't one to "stop on a dime" from Standard speed, and on a practice recovery during which I was the OOD, I brought it in too tight and a swell slapped it into our side, rupturing the orange flotation collar around it! Fortunately it didn't sink, but  after that I appreciated that Apollo re-entry flights always came close to their target and could be recovered with helo's.

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