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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.

    Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 2 March 1987 - Launched & Christened 23 April 1988

    Commissioned 9 September 1989

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 Pennsylvania SSBN-735 Covers Page 1    (1988-2019)



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 To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
Full Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"20th Anniversary

Groton, CT


20th Anniversary, cachet by Dieter Lange


Pictorial Postmark

"25th Anniversary

Groton, CT


25th Anniversary. Postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Pictorial Postmark

SSBN 735 Station"

Keyport WA


25th Anniversary, cachet by Leonhard Venne


Pictorial Postmark

"30th Anniversary
/ Station"

Groton CT


30th Anniversary, cachet by Michael Brock


Other Information

NAMESAKE - PENNSYLVANIA, second of the original 13 states, ratified the Constitution December 12 1787.

There have been four US Navy ships named PENNSYLVANIA - USS Pennsylvania (Ship-of-the-Line 1837), USS Pennsylvania ACR-4, USS Pennsylvania BB-38 and
USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Marilyn Garrett, wife of the Honorable H. Lawrence Garrett III, Under Secretary of the Navy.



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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