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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 26 February 1944 as CHAPIN BAY
    Renamed 26 April 1944 - Launched 10 May 1944

    Commissioned 13 June 1944 - Decommissioned 24 April 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 8 May 1946
    Sold 1946 for scrap


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Admiralty Islands CVE-99 Covers Page 1    (1945-1946)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 13 June 1944 - Disestablished 1 March 1946


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type P
(used after POD)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-8


Used after Post Office Discontinued date of 1 March 1946.


Other Information

USS ADMIRALTY ISLANDS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - CHAPIN BAY A bay in Alaska, on the southeast coast of Admiralty Island, Alexander Archipelago.

NAMESAKE - ADMIRALTY ISLANDS A group of 18 islands located within the Bismark Archipelago in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Guinea.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Homer Norman Wallin.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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