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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.

    Leahy Class Guided Missile Cruiser
    Keel Laid December 3 1959 - Launched July 1 1961

    Commissioned August 4 1962 - Decommissioned February 18 1967
    Recommissioned February 4 1968

  2. USS LEAHY CG-16
    Reclassified Guided Missile Cruiser (CG) July 1 1975
    Decommissioned October 1 1993

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1993
    Sold to International Shipbreaking Limited, Brownsville, TX for scrap

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. Leahy Covers Page 1     (1962-93)



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

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

1st Commissioning August 4 1962 to February 18 1967


Locy Type
FDC 2(n)


As DLG-16
Commissioning, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n) (DLG16)


As DLG-16

2nd Commissioning May 4 1968 to October 1 1993


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+)


As DLG-16
First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DLG-16
Welcome to Norfolk - JMSDF KIKUZUKI (Crysanthemum Moon) DD-165, cover by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (CG,USS)


As CG-16


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


As CG-16


Locy Type
2-1n (D2,USS,USN)


As CG-16


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


As CG-16


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)


As CG-16


Locy Type
9-1n+u (USS,USN)


As CG-16


Other Information

NAMESAKE - William Daniel Leahy (May 6 1875 - July 20 1959)
Leahy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1897 and was assigned to the Battleship OREGON BB-3, serving in her through the Spanish-American War. In 1899, Ensign Leahy was sent to the Asiatic Station, where he participated in the supression of the Philippine Insurrection and of the Boxer Rebellion in China. In the decade following his return to the United States in 1904, he served in the Cruisers BOSTON and CALIFORNIA ACR-6, and was an instructor at the Naval Academy and chief of staff to the commander of U.S. forces in Nicaragua
In 1915-16, Leahy was Commanding Officer of the Gunboat DOLPHIN PG-24 in the Caribbean area. He was next the Executive Officer of Battleship NEVADA BB-36, and, during the First World War, commanded the transport PRINCISS MATOIKA SP-2290. During the first half of the 1920s, Captain Leahy commanded the Cruiser ST. LOUIS CA-18 and Battleship NEW MEXICO BB-40. Promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1927, he served as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, was Commander of the Scouting Force's destroyers and was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. In 1935 he became Commander, Battleships, Battle Force, with the rank of Vice Admiral and then flew his four-star flag as Commander, Battle Force.
In January 1937, Admiral Leahy became Chief of Naval Operations, serving for more than two years during a period marked by increasing tensions in the Far East and Europe and by a gradual expansion of the Navy. During this time he frequently had additional duty as Acting Secretary of the Navy. Following retirement in August 1939, Leahy was appointed Governor of Puerto Rico. In late 1940, he became the United States Ambassador to France, serving in that very demanding position until April 1942.
Upon his return home, Admiral Leahy was recalled to Navy service as Aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and as Senior Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As such, he played a critical role in the strategy, diplomacy and execution of the Second World War. In recognition of these accomplishments, he received promotion to the rank of Fleet Admiral in December 1944. After Roosevelt's death in April 1945, Leahy continued in his posts, assisting President Harry S. Truman in bringing about final victory against Germany and Japan and then helping to guide the Nation in the early post-war years. Though he retired in 1949, Fleet Admiral Leahy technically remained on active duty until his death on July 20 1959.



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