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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 4 May 1918 - Launched 18 August 1918

  1. USS MAHAN Destroyer No. 102
  2. Commissioned 24 October 1918

  4. Reclassified Light Minelayer (DM) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 1 May 1930

    Struck from Naval Register 22 October 1930
    Sold 17 January 1931 and broken up for scrap

Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN

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 DM-7 Covers Page 1    (1930)



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
3r (AC)



DM-7. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
3r (A)


As DM-7


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN (27 September 1840 – 1 December 1914).
Mahan was a United States Navy officer, geostrategist, and educator. Mahan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1859 and served with the South Atlantic and Western Gulf Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War. Later appointed President of the Naval War College, he served two tours, 1886-89 and 1892-93. Having retired in 1896, he was recalled during the Spanish-American War to serve on the Naval Strategy Board. Among his many activities during the years which followed were service as a delegate to the First Peace Conference at The Hague; as a member of the Board of Visitors, Naval Academy, 1903; with the Senate Commission on Merchant Marine, 1904; as a member of the Commission to Report on the Reorganization of the Navy Department; and as a lecturer at the Naval War College.

The ships sponsor was Miss Ellen K. Mahan, niece of Rear Adm. A. T. Mahan.

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



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