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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.

    Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship
    Keel Laid 1 December 1983 - Launched 4 April 1987

    Commissioned 30 September 1989 - Decommissioned 1 October 2014

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     (DATE RANGE)



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


Machine Postmark

Marinette, WI


The ship had no postal facilities.


USPS Pictorial

"Decommissioning /

San Diego CA


Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

Other Information

MCM - Mine Countermeasures Ships
Mine Countermeasures Ships are used to clear vital waterways from mines. The ships are able to detect, classify and neutralize all known and projected types of influence and contact mines

NAMESAKE - One that defends



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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