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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.

    Gato Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 5 October 1940 - Launched 21 August 1941

  1. USS GATO SS-212
    Commissioned 31 December 1941 - Decommissioned 16 March 1946

  2. GATO SS-212
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel at New York
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel at Baltimore
    Placed out of service 1 March 1960

    Struck from Naval Register 1 March 1960
    Sold 25 July 1960 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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Gato SS-212 Covers Page 1     (1940-1941)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post office established January 16 1942 - Disestablished March 27 1945


Locy Type


First day of Postal Service. Collector request from George Hill with his handwritten "GATO" note. From the Bob Reisinger collection.


Other Information

USS GATO earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 13 battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A species of small catshark found in waters along the west coast of Mexico

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name GATO - USS Gato SS-212 and USS Gato SSN-615



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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