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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.

    Skipjack Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 24 February 1958 - Launched 16 March 1960

  1. USS SHARK SSN-591
    Commissioned 9 February 1961 - Decommissioned 15 September 1990

    Struck from the Naval Register 15 September 1990
    Disposed through NPSSR Program, completed 28 June 1996

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 Shark SSN-591 Covers Page 1     (1960-1990)



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


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Newport News VA



Commissioning. Cachet sponsored by the Newport News Shipbuilding And Dry Dock Company.


Locy Type

USS Murray
DD 576





Other Information

USS SHARK earned two Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons during her Naval career.

There have been seven ships of the US Navy that have borne the name SHARK - USS Shark (Schooner 1821), USS Shark (Schooner 1861), USS Shark SS-8, USS Shark SP-534,
USS Shark SS- 174, USS Shark SS-314 and USS Shark SSN-591.



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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