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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.

    Los Angeles Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 30 July 1977 - Launched on 8 December 1979

    Commissioned 19 December 1981 - Decommissioned 29 July 1998

    Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 29 July 1998
    Begin disassembly 1 March 2007

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 Phoenix SSN-702 Covers Page 1    (1977-2011)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine cancel

Groton, CT



Launching, cachet by the USS Nathan Hale Chapter No. 68, USCS


Machine Postmark
"Submarine Base Sta."

Groton, CT


Commissioning, cachet by Donald R. Wilson


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after the city, Phoenix, Arizona.

There has been five ships of the US Navy that have borne the name PHOENIX - USS Phoenix (1841 a 2-gun schooner), USS Phoenix (1861 Wooden Whaler), USS Phoenix CL-46,
USNS Phoenix T-AG-172 and USS Phoenix SSN-702.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. John J. Rhodes.



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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