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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
    Delivered to the US Navy April 1943

  1. USS ABSD-2
    Commissioned 14 August 1943

  2. USS AFDB-2
    Redesignated AFDB-2 19 February 1946
    Decommissioned January 1947

  3. IX-522
    Section D reclassified Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX) 16 August 1996
    Currently at Inactive Ships On-Site Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, HI

  4. IX-524
    Section F reclassified Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX) 19 July 1990
    Currently at Pacific Missile Range, Facility, Kekaha, HI

  5. IX-535
    Section H reclassified Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX) 10 October 2002

    Struck from Naval Register 4 January 2007

    Sections A and G sold 13 July 1990 for scrap

    Section B C and J disposed of 13 July 1990 in support of Fleet training exercise

    Sections E and I sold 13 July 1990 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for reuse/conversion


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 ABSD-2 Covers Page 1     (1943-1945)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 15 September 1943 - Disestablished 31 March 1946


Locy Type 2z


Patriotic label for the Marine Corps Women's Reserve


Locy Type 2z*

c 1943

Cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type






From the front of a USS Pennsylvania BB-38 cover


Other Information

USS ABSD-2 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service 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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