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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.

    Virginia Class Destroyer Leader
    Keel Laid 18 August 1973
    Reclassified Nuclear-Powered, Guided-Missile Cruiser (CGN) 30 June 1975
    Launched 9 August 1975

    Commissioned 10 September 1977 - Decommissioned 16 July 1993

    Stricken from Naval Register 10 November 1994
    Scrapped 20 October 2001

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 Texas CGN-39 Covers Page 1     (1973-91)
  2. USS Texas CGN-39 Covers Page 2    (1992-2001)



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
FDPS 2-1(n)


First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by Richard Hoffner, sponsored by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n)


Commissioning. Cachet by the Nuclear Ships Chapter No. 61, USCS


Locy Type


First Sea Trials, Official Ships Cachet and signed by the CO.


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS)


Sailor’s Mail with the Official Ship Cachet


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-39


Cachet by Tom Armstrong


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-39a


Day of Arrival - Overhaul Begins. Cover serviced by Tom Armstrong


Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS)


Port Visit. Port Everglades marking by George H. Wilson


Locy Type
9-1nu (USS,USN)




Locy Type
LDC 2-1n


Last Day in Commission


Locy Type
LDC 9-1nu


Last Day in Commission

USPS Postmarks


USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

Newport News VA


Launching/Christening. Cacheted


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Texas.

USS Texas CGN-39 earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Service Medal with 1 star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with on 1 star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6 awards) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

There has been four ships of the US Navy that have borne the name TEXAS - USS Texas Battleship, USS Texas BB-35, USS Texas CGN-39 and USS Texas SSN-775.

There has been two ships of the Confederate Navy that have borne the name TEXAS - CSS Texas (1863 Raider) and CSS Texas (1865 Ironclad Ram).

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Betty Jane Briscoe, wife of the Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (1973 to 1979).



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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