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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.

    Mahan Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 12 June 1934 - Launched 15 October 1935

  1. USS MAHAN DD-364
    Commissioned 18 September 1936
    SUNK by 3 kamikaze planes 7 December 1944 in Ormoc Bay Leyte Philippines


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 Mahan DD-364 Covers Page 1    (1936-1941)



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


Locy Type



Commissioning cover


Locy Type
3r (B-BBT)





Other Information

USS MAHAN received five battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN (September 27 1840 – December 1 1914).
Mahan was a United States Navy officer, geostrategist, and educator.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named MAHAN - USS Mahan DD-102/DM-7, USS Mahan DD-364, USS Mahan DLG-11/DDG-42 and USS Mahan DDG-72.

The ships sponsor was Miss Kathleen H. Mahan, great-granddaughter of Rear Adm. Alfred T. Mahan.



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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