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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 15 January 1965 - Launched 14 October 1966

    Commissioned 15 March 1969 - Decommissioned 31 March 1997

    Struck from Naval Register 31 March 1997
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 31 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. USS Sunfish SSN-649 Covers Page 1     (1966-1984)



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


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-110


Submarine had no post office. Cancel was privately made. Serviced by George H. Wilson


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A plectognath marine fish, Mola Mola having a deep body truncated behind, and high dorsal; and anal fins.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SUNFISH - USS Sunfish SS-281 and USS Sunfish SSN-649.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Robert C. Byrd, wife of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.



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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