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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.

    Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship
    Authorized Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-5
    Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD) July 1 1942
    Keel Laid November 11 1943 as HMS SPEAR LSD-13
    Reclassified/Named HMS PORTWAY F-144
    Lend-Lease canceled or modified (never commissioned in Royal Navy)
    Launched April 11 1944

    Commissioned June 5 1944 - Decommissioned October 23 1946
    Recommissioned November 1 1950 - Decommissioned February 6 1970

    Struck from Naval Register October 11 1976
    Sold April 6 1992

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. Covers Page 1     (1946-69)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning June 5 1944 to October 23 1946


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning November 1 1950 to February 6 1970


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n+)


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

CASA GRANDE earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Leyte operation, Leyte landings, October 1944
* Luzon operation, Lingayen Gulf landing, January 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April - 3 June 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Philippine Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - Casa Grande, a dwelling near Phoenix, Ariz., was built by the Salado Indians about 1350. It is now a national monument



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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