ARD 14

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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.

    ARD-12 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) - Launched (Date unknown)

  1. USS ARD-14
  2. Commissioned December 15 1943 - Decommissioned July 2 1946
    Laid up in reserve

  3. DFlu CEARÁ (Brazilian Naval Service)
  4. Loaned to the Brazilian Navy in 1961
    Began its services on January 1, 1963
    "Dique Flutuante" (Dflu) in Portuguese translates to "Floating Dock" in English (per Google Translate)
    Officially incorporated into the Brazilian Navy by Ministerial Notice No. 8 of May 5, 1968

  5. DFlu ALFONSO PENA G-25 (Brazilian Naval Service)
  6. Name changed September 20, 1973
    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1977
    Purchased by Brazil December 28 1977

    Remained serving the Val-de-Cães Naval Base until 2003, when it was put up for sale
    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     (1943-44)



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

Post Office Established January 15 1944 - Disestablished December 17 1946


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal- World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Additional Naming History Sources

The ship's history while serving the Brazilian Navy was found on the DFlu Afonso Pena - G 25 page of the Poder Naval website.



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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