ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72

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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.


    Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid 3 November 1984 - Launched & Christened 13 February 1988

  1. USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN-72
    Commissioned 11 November 1989
ABRAHAM LINCOLN CV72 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 Covers Page 1    (1984-2013)
  2. USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 Covers Page 2    (2014-)

 

Postmarks

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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Full Cover Image

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Abraham Lincoln

Post Office Established 7 August 1989


 

Locy Type
FDPS F

"FIRST DAY OF /
POSTAL SERVICE"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-08-07

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19890807 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19890807 1 front.jpg

First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9-1(n+u) (USS)

1989-08-07

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19890807 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19890807 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service



USS Abraham Lincoln


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"COMMISSIONING /
DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-11-11

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19891111 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19891111 1 front.jpg

First Day in Commission, Purple Ink.


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"COMMISSIONING /
DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 1 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, Red ink.


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"COMMISSIONING /
DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 3 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, Black ink.


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"COMMISSIONING /
DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 4 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, Pink ink.


 

Locy Type
FDC 9-1(n+u) (USS)

1989-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891111 1 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)

1990-01-27

JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19900127 pm.jpg
JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19900127.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)

1993-10-19

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19931019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19931019 1 Front.jpg

Persian Gulf Cruise, cachet by Steve Kovacs


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1994-08-04

JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19940804 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19940804.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
11-1(n+) (USS)

1998-12-25

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19981225 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19981225 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
11-2 (USS,FPO
AP 96612-2872)

2000-02-12

Bunter abraham lincoln cvn 72 20000212 1 pm.jpg
Bunter abraham lincoln cvn 72 20000212 1 front.jpg

Note: The difference between this 11-2 postmark and the 11-2 postmarks starting in 2003 are subtle but distinct. The killer bars are thicker in this postmark, it looks like it uses a different font for the FPO numbers and the position of the last number relative to the bottom killer bar is different.


 

Locy Type
11-2 (USS,FPO
AP 96612-2872)

2003-09-27

GregCiesielski Constellation CV64 20030927 4 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Constellation CV64 20030927 2 Front.jpg

Arrival of the USS Constellation CV-64 to Puget Sound Navy Yard, following her decommissioning. Cachet by Tom Armstrong


 

Locy Type
11-2n (USS,FPO
AP 96612-2872)

2008-09-05

Payden Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 20080905 2 pm1.jpg
Payden Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 20080905 2 front.jpg

Contributed by Bill Payden.


 

Locy Type
11-2n (USS,FPO
AE 09520-2872)

2013-07-04

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20130704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20130704 1 Front.jpg

Independence Day, cachet by Robert Jank


 

Locy Type
11-2ny (USS,FPO
AE 09520)
(Unit 100349)

2016-04-27

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20150409 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20150409 3 Front.jpg

Collectors request, ships cachet, requested by Donald Lawson. "This postmark reflects the change in the Naval Postal System by adding Unit Numbers." Greg C.


 

Locy Type
11-2(n) (USS, FPO
AP 96649)

2022-04-05

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20220405 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20220405 1 Front.jpg

Collectors request, ships cachet, requested by Foster E. Miller, III.


 

Locy Type
12-1c(n+) (USS)

1999-07-19

Bunter abraham lincoln cvn 72 19990719 1 pm.jpg
Bunter abraham lincoln cvn 72 19990719 1 front.jpg

Cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


 

Locy Type
12-2
(USS,FPO
AP 96612-2872)

2003-09-27

GregCiesielski Constellation CV64 20030927 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constellation CV64 20030927 2 Front.jpg

Arrival of the USS Constellation CV-64 to Puget Sound Navy Yard, following her decommissioning. Cachet by Tom Armstrong


 

Locy Type
12-2ny
(USS,FPO
AE 09520)
(Unit 100349)

2015-04-09

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20150409 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20150409 1 Front.jpg

150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, cachet by Bill Payden. "This postmark reflects the change in the Naval Postal System by adding Unit Numbers." Greg C.


 

Locy Type
13-1(n+)u (USS)

2001-10-13

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20011013 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20011013 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"BUILDERS /
TRIALS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-09-11

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19890911 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19890911 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"ACCEPTANCE /
TRIALS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1989-10-02

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891002 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19891002 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"SHAKEDOWN /
CRUISE"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1990-02-01

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19900201 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19900201 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"CROSSING /
THE EQUATOR"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1990-10-09

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19901009 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19901009 1 Front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15

1991-09-30

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19910930 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19910930 1 front.jpg

"The device was used after Oct. 1990 with no wording in the killers. In 1991 the killers on one copy of the cancel were cut to 20 mm (A-15a)". Cachet by Gary R. Rogak


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15a

1992-04-30

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19920430 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19920430 1 Front.jpg

"The device was used after Oct. 1990 with no wording in the killers. In 1991 the killers on one copy of the cancel were cut to 20 mm (A-15a)".


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-15b

1996-12-25

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19961225 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19961225 4 Front.jpg

Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-05-05

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20080505 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20080505 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, Serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type F

2009-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20091111 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20091111 1 Front.jpg

Veteran's Day & 20th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-11

2011-05-08

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20110508 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20110508 14 Front.jpg

Centennial of Naval Aviation, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

2014-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20141111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20141111 1 Front.jpg

25th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
Meter FR2 (#9002083)
ZIP 96612

1999-11-11

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19991111 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19991111 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2 (#520278)
ZIP 96612

1991-03-07

JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19910307 pm.jpg
JonBurdett abrahamlincoln cvn72 19910307.jpg

Official Business.


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2 (#520343)
ZIP 96612

1993-03-17

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19930317 1 Meter.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19930317 1 Front.jpg

Official Business. Friden Meter


 

Locy Type
Meter PB3 (#3368012)
"USS A. LINCOLN
CVN-72 / FPO 96612"

1993-10-17

Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19931017 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 19931017 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
Meter PB6 (#0001939511)
"Mailed From Zip Code 09520"

2017-10-13

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20171013 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20171013 1 Back.jpg

Navy Day, ships cachet on the back of a cover created by Richard F. Hoffner



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Christening Of The /
USS
/ Abraham Lincoln"

Newport News VA

1988-02-13

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19880213 5 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19880213 5 Front.jpg

Christening and Launching of USS Abraham Lincoln


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72
Homeport Station"

Everett WA

2009-02-12

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20090212 9 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20090212 9 Front.jpg

200th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"20th Anniversary Station"

Norfolk VA

2009-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20091111 9 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20091111 9 Front.jpg

20th Anniversary of the USS Abraham Lincoln.


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"25th Anniversary / Station"

Norfolk VA

2014-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20141111 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20141111 2 Front.jpg

25th Anniversary of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"30th Anniversary Sta."

Norfolk VA

2019-11-11

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20191111 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 20191111 3 Front.jpg

30th Anniversary of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Michael Brock



Non-Postal Marking


 

Locy Type
Non-Postal Marking

1993-10-19

GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19931019 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski AbrahamLincoln CVN72 19931019 1 Front.jpg

Non-Postal Marking from the back of the cover, cachet by Steve Kovacs

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Abraham Lincoln (February 12 1809 - April 15 1865)
Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and was assassinated while in office.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name ABRAHAM LINCOLN - USS Abraham Lincoln SSBN-602 and USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72.

The ships sponsor is JoAnn K. Webb.

 


 

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