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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.

    Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 26 June 1961 - Launched 18 August 1962

    Commissioned 27 June 1963 - Decommissioned 23 February 1993

    Struck from Naval Register 23 February 1993
    Disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 28 February 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 Alexander Hamilton SSBN-617 Covers Page 1     (1962-1994)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
Full Cover Image


Locy Type F


Ships cachet, 25th Anniversary. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)
        Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, the founder of the Federalist Party, the world's first voter-based political party, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post.

There have been five ships named in his honor - USS Alexander Hamilton (1871), USCGC Alexander Hamilton WPG-34, USS Alexander Hamilton SSBN-617,
USCGC Hamilton WHEC-715 and USCGC Hamilton WMSL-753.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Valentine Hollingsworth, Jr., the great-great-great granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton.



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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