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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.

    Spearhead Class Joint High Speed Vessel
    Keel Laid 3 May 2012 as "FORTITUDE"
    Name changed to "MILLINOCKET" 30 May 2012
    Christened 20 April 2013 - Launched June 5 2013

  2. Placed into Service 21 March 2014

  4. Designation changed September 2015

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. USNS Millinocket EPF-3 Covers Page 1     (2012-2013)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


USPS Pictorial

"Keel Laying

Mobile AL


Keel Laying, cachet by Greg Ciesielski
Note: Keel Laying was originally scheduled for 12 April 2012 and the postmark was prepared and used on that date. However, the official ceremony was changed to 3 May 2012.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in honor of Millinocket and East Millinocket, Maine.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name MILLINOCKET - S.S. MILLINOCKET (Freighter)(Sunk by German torpedo 06/17/1942, 8 crew, 3 Armed Guard KIA),
and USNS Millinocket EPF-3.



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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