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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.

    Knox Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid May 15 1969 - Launched March 7 1970

    Commissioned April 24 1971

    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force Atlantic September 30 1991

    Redesignated Training Frigate (FFT) December 15 1991
    Decommissioned June 30 1994

    Struck from Naval Register January 11 1995

  4. ROCS LAN YANG FF-935 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Leased to Taiwan June 30 1994 and renamed - still in service

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 Joseph Hewes DE-1078 Page 1    (1971-75)
  2. USS Joseph Hewes FF-1078 Page 1    (1976-91)
  3. USS Joseph Hewes FFT-1078 Page 1    (1994)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)(USS,"DE")


DE-1078. Ships cachet. First Day in Commission


Locy Type


DE-1078. Cachet by Morris W. Beck


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DE-1078. Last Day as "DE". Cachet by Richard F. Hoffner, sponsored by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


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FF-1078. 5th Anniversary, cachet by Richard F. Hoffner, sponsored by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


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


FF-1078. Independence Day, cachet by Gary R. Rogak


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. J-23




Other Information

USS JOSEPH HEWES earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon w/ oak leaf cluster, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Joseph Hewes (1730-79)
Educated at what is now Princeton University. After engaging in business in Philadelphia, he moved to Edenton, North Carolina in 1763 where he became a prosperous and influential merchant skipper. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1774, and in 1775 became a member of the Marine Committee. In this capacity he played a major part in the procurement and outfitting of Continental vessels, and had the distinction of securing a commission in the Continental Navy in December 1775 for one of the sea's greatest heroes-to-be, John Paul Jones. At the beginning of the year 1776, he was appointed as the first ever Secretary of the Navy. John Adams often said that Hewes "laid the foundation, the cornerstone of the American Navy." Alongside General George Washington, Hewes became one of the greatest military achievers in American history. He was also involved with the secret committee of claims, which further promoted the independence of the colonies. Hewes was one of the primary reasons why North Carolina submitted to independence before any other colony. He was also one of the few reasons why the Declaration of Independence was ever signed.Hewes continued to take an active part in the movement for independence in North Carolina. He also took part in the discussions leading to the Declaration of Independence and signed the historic document. He died October 29 1779 shortly after his return to the Continental Congress.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Caroline Groves Gayler.



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