The USS Nespelen 1955-56


The Nespelen arrives at Tahiti (1956)



I was on board the USS Nespelen for over a year when we received the information that we were going to go on Operation Deepfreeze. The Nespelen had been designed for arctic duty and had a reinforced bow that helped it get through pack ice.

I was twenty-two years old at the time and excited to be going on what I presumed would be the biggest adventure of my life. The following pictures are over forty years old, and I apologize for the quality, but they help to tell the story of this journey. I also might have suffered some lapses in memory and welcome any corrections.


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Phil Richardson

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