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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.

    Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 1 February 1943 as DIDRICKSON BAY
    Renamed 3 April 1943 - Launched 13 July 1943

    Commissioned 31 October 1943 - Decommissioned 22 May 1946
    Recommissioned 5 January 1952

    Redesignated Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) 1 July 1955
    Decommissioned 25 November 1958

    Struck from Naval Register 1 February 1959
    Scrapped 1960

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Tripoli CVE-64 Covers Page 1     (1944-1952)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

1st Commissioning 31 October 1943 to 22 May 1946


Locy Type


CVE-64. First Day Cancellation of Type 3 Name Cancel, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type




Locy Type 2z




Locy Type


CVE-64. Registered, Official mail. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


CVE-64. Last Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

2nd Commissioning 5 January 1952 to 25 November 1958


Locy Type 2r




Other Information

USS TRIPOLI earned the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Europe" clasp, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the Battle of Derne in 1805. It was the decisive victory of a mercenary army led by a detachment of United States Marines and soldiers against the forces of Tripoli during the First Barbary War. It was the first recorded land battle of the United States fought overseas.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Leland D. Webb.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name TRIPOLI - USS Tripoli CVU-64, USS Tripoli LPH-10 and USS Tripoli LHA-7.



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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