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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.

    Mobile Floating Storage Tanker
    Keel Laid as the tanker SS War Patriot in 1918 in Scotland
    Delivered 1919 to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co.
    Renamed SS Adna in 1921
    Sold in 1927 to Hansen-Tangens Raderi, Christiansand, Norway, reflagged Norwegian
    Resold in 1937 to Polena Soc.di Nav, Genoa renamed SS Dentice reflagged Italian
    Seized by the government of Venezuela 1940 renamed SS Faireno reflagged Venezuelan
    Acquired by the WSA in Panama 1943, managed by Cities Service Oil Co.
    Acquired by the US Navy 13 April 1944

  1. USS ARAYAT IX-134
    Commissioned 18 April 1944 - Decommissioned 15 February 1946

    Delivered to WSA 15 February 1946 for disposal
    Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
    Returned to Italian Government per Executive Order 9935 signed by President Truman 16 March 1948
    Scrapped in Savona, Italy in 1954

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. USS Arayat IX-134 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


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ARAYAT earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.



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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