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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.

    Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 21 November 1985 - Launched 17 January 1987
    Delivered to the US Navy 22 October 1987

    Placed in Service 1987
    Placed out of Service 6 May 1996

    Struck from the Naval Register 6 January 2009

    Sold to Chile 19 May 2009
    Joined Chilean Navy after overhaul February 2010

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. USNS Andrew J. Higgins T-AO-190 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 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Slogan
Machine Postmark

Long Beach, CA




Other Information

USNS ANDREW J. HIGGINS T-AO-190 earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (4 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Andrew Jackson Higgins (28 August 1886 – 1 August 1952).
        Higgins was the founder and owner of Higgins Industries, the New Orleans-based manufacturer of "Higgins boats" (LCVPs) during World War II. The company started out as a small boat-manufacturing business, but later became one of the biggest industries in the world with upwards of eighty thousand workers and government contracts worth nearly three hundred fifty million dollars.



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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