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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.

    Casablanca CLass Escort Carrier
    Authorized as Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
    Allocated for transfer to Great Britain as HMS BEGUM
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (AVG) 20 August 1942
    Keel Laid 17 January 1943
    Retained by U.S. Navy 22 January 1943 and renamed
    Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943
    Launched 20 July 1943

    Commissioned 14 October 1943 - Decommissioned 20 May 1946

    Redesignated Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) June 12 1955, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Regester 1 September 1958
    Sold 30 July 30 1959 - Scrapped 1960

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. USS Natoma Bay CVE-62 Covers Page 1     (1945-1946)



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 2z




Locy Type 2z*




Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
LDPS 2z*


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS NATOMA BAY earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A bay in the Graham Islands off the southwest coast of Alaska.

The ships sponsor was Lady Halifax (née Lady Dorothy Onslow), wife of Lord Halifax (earlier Edward Wood), United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States of America.



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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