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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.

    Montford Point Class Mobile Landing Platform Ship
    Keel Laid 19 January 2012 - Launched 13 November 2012
    Christened 2 March 2013

    Placed In Service 14 May 2013

    Redesignated 1 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 MONTFORD POINT MLP-1 Page 1     (2012-13)



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 &
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark or Cover Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Type 9

Midway MOW

San Diego CA



Keel Laying, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus chose the name Montford Point to honor the approximately 20,000 African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at the North Carolina facility from 1942-1949. Their exceptional service prompted then-President Harry S. Truman to sign an executive order in 1948 ending segregation in the U.S. military services. "The courage shown by these Marines helped forge the Corps into the most formidable expeditionary force in the world," said Mabus.

The honoree of the keel-laying ceremony was Mrs. Pat Mills, wife of US Marine Corps Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills.



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