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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.

    Rigel Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid June 7 1954 - Launched April 28 1955

  1. USS VEGA AF-59
    Commissioned November 10 1955 - Decommissioned April 29 1977

    Struck from Naval Register April 29 1977
    Sold December 1 1977
    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 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    (1955-74)



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


Locy Type
FDC 2r


First Day of Commission.


Locy Type
FDC 9efu


First Day of Commission. Unlisted as FDC in USCS Catalog


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (A,USS)




Other Information

VEGA received the following awards during her Naval career: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (13) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 10 Campaign stars) - Humanitarian Service Medal (2)- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

NAMESAKE - Named after the star of the first magnitude in the constellation Lyra.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne this name; USS Vega SP-734, USS Vega AK-17 and USS Vega AF-59.



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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