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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.

    LST-1179 Newport Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid February 7 1970 - Launched November 7 1970

    Commissioned September 1 1971 - Decommissioned December 16 1994

    Struck from Naval Register December 16 1994
    Sold to Malaysia for $18.7 million, under the Security Assistance Program

  2. RMN KD SRI INDERAPURA L-1505 (Malaysian Naval Service)
    Renamed and Commissioned into the Malaysian Navy January 31 1995

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    (1971-94)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post office established November 2 1971 - Disestablished December 16 1994


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+) Nov 2, 1971


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
FDPS 9ef(n+u)


First Day Postal Service
Most (if not all) Karcher (FLK) covers are fakes made with stolen cancels and USCS No. 1 cachets


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS)




Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS)


This type 2-1 appears to be different than 1981 type based on position of ship designation in relation to bottom bar.
May be due to distortion, or is an unlisted type in USCS Postmark Catalog.


Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n) Dec 16, 1994


Decommissioning, cachet by C. B. Hall


Locy Type
LDC 9-1(nu)


Decommissioning, cachet by C. B. Hall


Other Information

USS SPARTANBURG COUNTY earned the following awards during her US Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

NAMESAKE - Named after a county in South Carolina.



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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