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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.

    George Washington Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 1 November 1958 - Launched 14 May 1960

    Commissioned 11 March 1961 - Decommissioned 1 March 1989

    Disposed of through NPSSRP 16 May 1994

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 Abraham Lincoln SSBN-602 Covers Page 1     (1960-1994)



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 Postal Facilities Aboard - No Postmarks Reported


Machine Postmark

"Naval Base Br"

Portsmouth, NH




Other Information

NAMESAKE - Abraham Lincoln (February 12 1809 - April 16 1865)
Lawyer, Black Hawk War Veteran, Congressman and 16th President of The United States.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Mary L. Beckwith.

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

Another ship of the US Navy to memorialize Lincoln was the USS President Lincoln (1917-1918).



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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