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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 6 December 1988 - Launched 16 September 1989

    Commissioned (Special) 31 March 1991
    Commissioned (Full) 4 July 1991

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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

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  1. USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51 Covers Page 1     (1991-2009)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
Full Cover Image


Locy Type FDC F

"First Day In Commission"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-90


Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
FDC 2-2t
(USS,FPO 09565)


Commissioning. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson, mailed to Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
FDC 9-2
(USS,FPO 09565)


Commissioning. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
(USS,FPO 09565)


Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
(USS,FPO 09565)


Ship's cachet, signed by the CO. Serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type


100 years of Destroyers cachet. Serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
(USS,FPO AE 09565)


On Piece. Cachet by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AE 09565)


On the back of the cover. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

Great White Fleet


Ship's cachet, Serviced by Rich Horffner


Other Information

USS ARLEIGH BURKE DDG-51 has earned one Navy Unit Commendation, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, three Battle Efficiency E Awards, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and five Sea Service Deployment Ribbons as of 2015.

NAMESAKE - Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke, USN (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996).
On June 8 1923, Burke graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. Burke was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving on various ships and various commands, highlighted by three terms as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1955 to 1961. Burke retired as an Admiral on August 1 1961.
In 1962, Adm. Burke co-founded the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. with Ambassador Dr. David Abshire.
Adm. Burke’s awards include the Navy Cross, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3), the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit w/ Combat “V”, 2 Gold Stars, Oak Leaf Cluster (4), the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation (3), the Navy Unit Commendation, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two silver stars and two bronze stars (13 engagements), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Ui Chi Medal (Korea), the Order of the Rising Sun, First Class (Japan) and the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (Norway).

The US Navy, on July 4 1991, commissioned the Guided Missile Destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) in his honor while he was still alive. The USS Arleigh Burke is the first ship of the Arleigh Burke Class of Guided Missile Destroyers and when the program is completed, there will be 61 ships in the class.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Roberta Burke, Adm. Burke's wife.



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