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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.

    Safeguard Class Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid 30 March 1983 - Christened & Launched 2 May 1985

    Commissioned 16 December 1985 - Decommissioned 19 January 2006

    Placed In Service 19 January 2006

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 Grasp ARS-51 Covers Page 1    (1999-2006)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
Full Cover Image


Locy Type

USS Comte de Grasse
DD 941




USNS Marking


USNS Marking
Unit #100372, Box 1
FPO AE 09570


USNS GRASP T-ARS-51. Project - USS Bonhomme Richard (1765) Survey in the North Sea. Courtesy of Stewart Milstein.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial


Norfolk, VA


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


Other Information

USS GRASP ARS-51 earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 4 bronze stars, the Battle "E" Ribbon (4 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 3 bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - To hold.

There have been two ships of the US Navy that have borne the name GRASP - USS Grasp ARS-24 and USS Grasp ARS-51.



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