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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.

    Independence Class Carrier
    Ordered as Cleveland Class Light Cruiser FARGO CL-85
    Reordered as carrier CROWN POINT CV-27 March 31 1942
    Keel Laid April 11 1942
    Renamed November 13 1942
    Launched May 22 1943
    Redesignated Aircraft Carrier Small (CVL) July 15 1943

    Commissioned August 31 1943 - Decommissioned February 11 1947

  2. LA FAYETTE R-96 (French Naval Service)
    Transferred to France January 8 1951 and renamed
    Commissioned June 2 1951
    Returned to U.S. March 20 1963

    Stricken for disposal and scrapped 1964


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. Covers Page 1     (1944-46)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established September 14 1943 - Disestablished March 25 1946


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) Mar 25, 1946


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

LANGLEY earned 9 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley (August 22 1834 – February 27 1906) an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation



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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