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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.

    Admirable Class Minesweeper
    Originally planned as Patrol Craft Escort PCE-919
    Keel Laid November 24 1943 as Minesweeper (AM)

  1. DRAKE AM-359
    Launched August 12 1944
    Name Canceled April 20 1945 and reclassified District Degaussing Vessel (YDG)

  2. YDG-11
    Placed In Service August 15 1945 - Out of Service 1946
    Reclassified Degaussing Ship (ADG) November 1 1947 While in reserve

  3. ADG-11
    Placed In Service July 1951

  4. AMPERE ADG-11
    Named February 1 1955
    Placed Out of Service February 1957

    Struck from Navy Register July 1 1961
    Sold June 21 1962 to The Philippine President Lines of Manila

    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


Machine Postmark
17000 Branch
Sasebo, Japan


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A unit of measure for the strength of an electric current. The ampere is named for Andre Marie Ampere who established the relationship between electricity and magnetism.



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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