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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.

    Heritage Class Offshore Patrol Cutter
    Naming Ceremony 3 August 2017
    1st Steel Cut 7 January 2019
    Keel Laid 28 April 2020 - Christened & Launched 27 October 2023

  2. Commissioned TBD

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. USCGC Argus WMSM-915 Covers Page 1     (2020)



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


Pictorial Postmark

"Keel Laying Station"

Panama City FL 32401


Keel Laying. Zip Code has been corrected. Cachet by Dennis W. Gill and sponsored by the USS Puget Sound Chapter No. 74, USCS


Pictorial Postmark

"Keel Laying Station"

Panama City FL 32404
(Incorrect Zip Code)


The Keel Laying Ceremony for ARGUS will take place as scheduled, although via electronic attendance. The public will not attend because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the Revenue Cutter Argus, which was one of the first 10 ships assigned to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, a predecessor service to the Coast Guard. Revenue Cutter Argus began 13 years of service to the newly formed United States of America in 1791. Of the 10 original cutters assigned to the Revenue Cutter Service, Argus spent the longest time in service.

The cutters sponsor is Capt. Beverly G. Kelley, USCG (RET).
        Kelley received her commission after graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1976. In 1979, she became the first woman to command a military vessel, USCGC Cape Newagen WPB-95318, a 95-foot Cape Class patrol boat. During her distinguished career, Kelley also served as commanding officer of USCGC Northland WMEC-904 in 1996 and USCGC Boutwell WHEC-719 in 2000, also making her the first woman to command a medium endurance cutter and high endurance cutter. Kelley retired from military service in 2006.



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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