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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 December 4 1970 - Launched September 25 1971

  1. USS KIRK DE-1087
    Commissioned September 9 1972

  2. USS KIRK FF-1087
    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975

  3. USS KIRK FFT-1087
    Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT) September 30 1991
    Decommissioned August 6 1993

    Struck from Naval Register January 11 1995

  4. FENG YANG FF-934 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to Taiwan September 29 1999

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. Kirk Covers Page 1     (1978)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


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


Notes: Contributed by Jennifer Hoffman.


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (FF,D2)


As FF-1087


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 stars - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star w/star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - Humanitarian Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 star - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

NAMESAKE - Alan Goodrich Kirk USN (October 30 1888 - October 15 1963)
Kirk was an Admiral in the United States Navy and an American diplomat. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909 and served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II. During his wartime naval service, Alan Kirk became the U.S. naval attache in London (1939 to 1941). He was Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from March 1941 but, obstructed and opposed by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, he was unable to develop the office into an effective center along the lines of the British Royal Naval Operational Intelligence Centre (which he had seen whilst in London). Eventually, he requested a transfer to an Atlantic destroyer squadron. Kirk served as an amphibious commander in the Mediterranean in 1942 and 1943 (the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy). In addition, he was the senior U.S. naval commander during the Normandy landings of June 6 1944 embarked on the heavy cruiser USS AUGUSTA CA-31, and as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, France during 1944 and 1945. He retired from the Navy as a full Admiral in 1946. Kirk subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1946-49; Soviet Union, 1949-51; China (Taiwan), 1962-63 and as U.S. Minister to Luxembourg, 1946-49. Admiral Alan G. Kirk took his post as the second president of Amcomlib, in February 1952. Also in 1952, he served briefly as Director of the Psychological Strategy Board, which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations. As a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, he oversaw the recruitment of emigres in New York and Munich, a group that would later form the core of Radio Liberty's staff. Less than a year after taking office, Kirk was forced to resign due to poor health. Kirk served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from June 1962 to January 1963 during the Kennedy administration



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