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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.

    Lafayette Class Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 17 January 1961 - Launched 8 May 1962

    Commissioned 23 April 1963 - Deactivated 1 March 1991
    Decommissioned 12 August 1991

    Struck 12 August 1991
    Entered Ship-Submarine Recycling Program 12 August 1991
    Recycling completed 25 February 1992

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 Lafayette SSBN-616 Covers Page 1    (1962-1987)



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


Machine Cancel

Groton, CT



Launching. Ships cachet. Cachet incorrectly states "First Day In Commission". Signed by Commander P. J. Hannifin, CO (Blue Crew)


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834)
Lafayette, a French military hero who fought alongside, and significantly aided, the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name LAFAYETTE - USS Lafayette (1848), USS Lafayette AP-53 and USS Lafayette SSBN-616.

The ships sponsor was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.



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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