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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.

    Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid November 4 1955 - Launched June 21 1956

    Commissioned December 14 1956 - Decommissioned October 2 1989

    Struck from Naval Register January 24 2001

  2. CEARA G-30 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Loaned to Brazil and renamed
    Sold outright to Brazil January 24 2001

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. Covers Page 1     (1957-84)



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

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

Post Office Established December 15 1956 - Disestablished September 1 1989


Locy Type
FDPS 2t(n+u)


First Day Postal Service/Commission, cachet by Louis S. Pentel.


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Welcome to Norfolk ARC ALMIRANTE PADILLA, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (MhCachets)


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-70




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-70a




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)


USCS Postmark Catalog lists as Type 2n (D1,USS)...Parenthesis and hyphen are clearly present.


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)


Ship's cachet


Other Information

HERMITAGE earned the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

NAMESAKE - Hermitage is the name of President Andrew Jackson's famed estate just outside of Nashville, Tenn. Acquired by Jackson in 1788, the land was improved with a series of one floor log cabins by 1805. In 1819 Jackson built on the site a two story brick home with one story wings, one of which extended in the rear to form an ell. Hermitage was razed by fire in 1822 but rebuilt and today stands, a national shrine, exactly as it was when Jackson lived there. The seventh President of the United States died at the Hermitage 8 June 1845.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named HERMITAGE - USS Hermitage AP-54 and USS Hermitage LSD-34.



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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