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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.

    PCE(R)-848 Class Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue)
    Keel Laid November 16 1943 - Launched March 18 1944

  1. USS PCE(R)-853
    Commissioned June 16 1944 - Decommissioned October 1945

  2. PCE(R)-853
    Placed In Service December 1947 as Naval Reserve Training Ship

  3. USS PCE(R)-853
    Recommissioned November 28 1950

    Named February 15 1956

    Reclassified Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue) (EPCE(R)) 1959
    Decommissioned February 6 1970

    Struck from Naval Register June 3 1970

  6. VAN KIEP II HQ-14 (South Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Vietnam November 6 1970 and renamed
    Escaped to the Philippines 1975 after fall of Saigon

  7. BRP DATU MARIKUDO PC-23 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to the Philippines April 5 1976 and renamed

    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     (1964)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

2nd Commissioning November 28 1950 to February 6 1970


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

Detroit, MI




Double-ring CDS

Port Huron MI



Anti-Submarine War (ASW) Games 1964. Participants include USS Runner SS-476, USS Amherst PCE(R)-853, USS Havre PCE-877, USS Ely PCE-880, USS Farmington PCE-894, USS Portage PCE-902 and USS Daniel A. Joy DE-585.


Other Information

USS PCE(R) earned two battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Towns in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia, and a county in Virginia.



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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