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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.

    Chanticteer Class Submarine Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid 2 April 1945 - Launched 3 April 1946
    Accepted by the Navy and towed to Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC. for lay up, 15 January 1947

    Commissioned 23 June 1950 - Decommissioned 30 September 1993

    Struck from the Naval Register 2 November 1993
    Contract for scrapping awarded 18 July 2005 - Scrapping completed 12 November 2005

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)



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 To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Duplex Postmark

New London, CT
Submarine Base Branch


The ship had no postal facilities.



"Submarine Base Br."

Groton CT



Deactivation Ceremony, cachet by Donald R. Wilson.



"Submarine Base Br."

Groton CT



Decommissioning, cachet by Donald R. Wilson.


Other Information

USS SUNBIRD ASR-15 earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ one bronze star, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal w/ one bronze star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Sunbirds and Spiderhunters make up a family, Nectariniidae, of passerine birds.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. John H. Lassiter.



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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