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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.

    YRBM-16 Class Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge (NSP)
    Keel Laid date and location unknown - Launched date unknown

  1. YFNB-24
    Delivered date unknown

  2. YRBM-17
    Converted to YRBM March 1967 - Out of Service 22 December 1970

  3. RVNS HQ-9610
    Loaned to South Vietnam 22 December 1970
    Sold to South Vietnam 1 October 1973

    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. YRBM-17 Covers Page 1     (1969, 1971)



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



Cheltenham PA



FREE Mail. Cover courtesy of the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

YRBM-17 earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Naval Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 11 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon and the Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.



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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