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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.

    Bluebird Class Motor Minesweeper
    Laid down February 26 1953 as AMS-199
    Launched August 21 1954
    Reclassified Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) February 7 1955

    Commissioned April 29 1955 - Decommissioned December 14 1970

  2. PHOEBE MSC-199
    Placed In Service as Reserve Training Vessel - Out of Service (date unknown)

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1975
    Sold September 1 1976 for scrap
JonBurdett phoebe patch.jpg

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. Covers Page 1     (1956)



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


Machine Postmark

Long Beach, CA


JohnGermann Phoebe MSC199 19701216 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A small migratory bird of the flycatcher family native to North 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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