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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.

    Victorious Class Ocean Surveillance Ship
    Keel Laid March 23 1989 - Launched February 16 1991
    Delivered to the US Navy July 22 1992
    Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) July 22 1992

    Placed in service July 22 1992
    Placed out of service August 2004
    Laid up in the Reserve Fleet

    Withdrawn from reserve and re-activated March 19 2007
    Converted to deploy the SURTASS system, completed in early 2008

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     (1989)



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

1st Commissioning July 22 1992 to August 2004


Machine Postmark &
Spray Postmark

Hampton Roads, VA




Ship's Marking


Postmarked April 4 1999 from Southern CT


Other Information

USNS ABLE has earned the National Defense Service Medal.



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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