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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 19 February 1982 - Launched 18 September 1982

    Commissioned 20 August 1983 - Decommissioned 22 March 2013

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 Klakring FFG-42 Covers Page 1    (1982-2013)



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
2-1(n+) (USS,USN)




Locy Type


Registered collectors mail from Romania.


Locy Type F


Postmark Sample Card for the 2011-12 USCS Postmark Survey. Unsure as to what this postmark is for but first guess it might be a receiving postmark.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial


Jacksonville FL


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


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars- Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal - GWOT Service Ribbon - Armed Forces Service Ribbon w/ 7 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 10 stars - Reserve Sea Service Deployment w/ 3 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - NATO Service Medal (Iraq-Afghanistan-Sudan).

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Thomas B. Klakring USN (1904-1975)
A submarine hero of the Pacific War in World War II, Admiral Klakring was credited with sinking eight Japanese ships within sight of Japanese ports, after taking his submarine, USS GUARDFISH SS-217 into Japanese water previously un-patrolled by American submarines. GUARDFISH sighted, or torpedoed, 77 enemy vessels in about 35 days. For his heroism while commanding GUARDFISH, Klakring was awarded the Navy Cross with two Gold Stars, GUARDFISH was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

The ships sponsor is Beverly Bohen, a niece of Rear Admiral Klakring.



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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