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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.

    Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 21 December 1966 - Launched 15 May 1968

    Commissioned 14 August 1969 - Decommissioned 11 April 1997

    Struck from the Naval Register 11 April 1997
    Entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 1 October 1996
    Completed the program 24 October 1997

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. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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 Postmark

Newport News, VA




USPS Type 9

"Port Everglades Station"

Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Port Visit for Columbus Day, cachet by George H. Wilson


USPS 4-bar

Newport News, VA



15th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A spiny-finned fish found in coastal waters of the western Atlantic from Cuba to Cape Cod.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Charles T. Booth II.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name SPADEFISH - USS Spadefish SS-411 and USS Spadefish SSN-668.



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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