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Latest revision as of 19:41, 14 December 2017

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.

    ABSD-4 Class Advance Base Section Dock
    Constructed of seven Advance Base Docks ABD-37, ABD-38, ABD-39, ABD-40, ABD-51, ABD-52 and ABD-58
    Erected and assembled into (ABSD-7) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., completed in March 1945

  1. USS ABSD-7
    Commissioned 6 January 1945 - Inactivated 9 April 1946

  2. AFDB-7
    Reclassified Auxiliary Floating Drydock (AFDB-7) August 1946

    Disassembled and towed to Green Cove Springs FL. for lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet January 1947
    Sections "A", "B", "C", and "D" of (AFDB-7) towed to Holy Loch, Scotland, 1961

    Placed in service as Los Alamos (AFDB-7) 10 November 1961
    Deactivated, 1 February 1992, at Holy Loch, Scotland

    Disassembled and its sections returned to the United States
    In 1996 six of the original ABSD-7 sections transferred to the Brownsville Navigation District, TX.
    Another had been turned over to the U.S. Army in 1968
    Current Disposition, in operation at Keppel AmFELS Shipyard, Brownsville, TX., servicing ships and oil rigs
    Renamed SOLOMAN ORTIZ Dry Dock
LosAlamos AFDB7 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2t(n+u)

USS Canopus
AS 34


JohnGermann Los Alamos AFDB7 19750917 1 Front.jpg




Other Information

LOS ALAMOS has earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A town in north central New Mexico; site of research and development of nuclear weapons during World War II, and of the first explosion of an atomic bomb 16 July 1945.



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