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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.

    Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate
    Ordered as Patrol Gunboat PG-115
    Redesignated Patrol Frigate (PF) April 15 1943
    Keel Laid as Maritime Commission Contract, (MC hull 1425) (Date unknown)
    Launched September 14 1943

    Commissioned December 20 1943 - Decommissioned August 16 1945

  2. EK-16 (Soviet Union Naval Service)
    Loaned to The Soviet Union August 17 1945 under The Lend-Lease Program
    Returned to U.S. custody November 15 1949
    Laid up in The Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka

    Recommissioned October 30 1950 - Decommissioned February 28 1953

  4. TOCHI PF-296 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Transferred on loan to Japan November 30 1953

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1961
    Returned briefly to U.S. Navy custody August 28 1962
    Permanently retransferred to Japan August 28 1962

  5. YAC-15 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Reclassified Auxiliary Stock Vessel (YAC) March 31 1965
    Decommissioned March 31 1969
    Returned to U.S. custody July 9 1971

    Fate unknown

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     (DATE RANGE)



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 January 15 1944 - Disestablished June 26 1945


Locy Type




Other Information

ALBUQUERQUE earned 3 Battle Stars (Korea)

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Albuquerque,New Mexico



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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