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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.

    James Madison Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 4 September 1962 - Launched 18 October 1963

    Commissioned 30 September 1964 - Decommissioned 26 February 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 26 February 1994
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 1 November 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 Von Steuben SSBN-632 Covers Page 1     (1962-2001)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

No Postmarks Reported


USPO Machine Cancel

Newport News, VA



First Day in Commission, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730–1794), a Prussian army officer who served in the American Revolutionary War.

Two ships of the US Navy have born the name VON STEUBEN - USS Von Steuben (ID-3017) and USS Von Steuben SSBN-632.



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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