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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.

    Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)
    Keel Laid June 15 1964 - Launched July 31 1965

    Commissioned August 6 1966 - Decommissioned September 15 1995

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1995
    Transferred to U.S. Army June 27 1997

    Fate unknown

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. Covers Page 1     (1992)



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

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


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)


Commissioning, cachet by Morris W. Beck.


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS)




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


Navy Day 1992
Rogak Cachet


Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520073) ZIP 96626




Other Information

TRIPOLI earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (5) - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation for Gallantry (8) - Vietnam Campaign Medal

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.
Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name TRIPOLI - USS Tripoli CVU-64, USS Tripoli LPH-10 and USS Tripoli LHA-7.
The valor of the Marines—commanded by Lt. Presley Neville O'Bannon, USMC, were instrumental in achieving the American victory which has been immortalized by the phrase from the Marine Corps hymn, ". . . to the shores of Tripoli. . . ."



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