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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.

    AFDB-1 Class Large Auxiliary (10-section, non-self-propelled) Floating Dry Dock
    Constructed in sections during 1942 and 1943

  1. USS ABSD-1
    Commissioned May 10 1943 - Decommissioned May 31 1946
    Redesignated AFDB-1 August 1946, While in reserve
    Disassembled and towed to Pearl Harbor for lay up in Pacific Reserve Fleet

  2. USS AFDB-1
    Recommissioned June 2 1951 - Decommissioned November 1 1956
    Five sections towed to Subic Bay, P.I. reassembled

  3. AFDB-1
    Place In Service November 17 1970

    Named June 7 1979
    Placed Out of Service October 1986

    Struck from Naval Register October 1986
    Reinstated in Naval Register March 1987

  5. IX-534
    Section B redesignated Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX) March 1 1987
    Laid up at Naval Inactive Ships Onsite Maintenance Office Pearl Harbor, HI

    Struck from Naval Register January 4 2007

  6. IX-525
    Section C redesignated Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX)
    Currently at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kekaha, HI

  7. IX-521
    Section D redesignated Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX)

    Struck from Naval Register April 26 2006
    Laid up at Naval Inactive Ships Onsite Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, HI

    Section E laid up at Naval Inactive Ships Onsite Maintenance Office Pearl Harbor, HI March 1 1987

    Sections A,G,H,I sold March 1 1987 for scrap

    Section F disposed of as target March 1 1987

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     (1944-45)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established June 28 1943 - Disestablished May 25 1946


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's mail


Locy Type




Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Other Information

ABSD-1 earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

NAMESAKE - One trained to manual dexterity or skill in a trade.



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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