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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.

    Casablance Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid February 12 1944
    Launched April 28 1944 as ASTROLABE BAY
    Renamed May 30 1944

    Commissioned June 1 1944 - Decommissioned January 17 1947
    Reclassified Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) June 12 1955, While in reserve
    Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry (AKV-33) May 7 1959, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1960
    Scrapped 1960

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     (1946)



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


Locy Type
2(n) (used after POD)


Post office closed 1946-03-14
Cover date based on manuscript year date


Locy Type




Other Information

HOLLANDIA earned 2 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Named for the city formerly known as Hollandia, Papua New Guinea...Occupied by the Japanese in World War II, it was liberated by U.S. forces in April 1944, and served as General MacArthur's headquarters



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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