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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.

    San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock
    Keel Laid 18 December 2008 - Launched 23 November 2010
    Christened 26 March 2011

    Official Commissioning 8 February 2013
    Ceremonial Commissioning 6 April 2013

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 Arlington LPD-24 Covers Page 1     (2008-15)



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 To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image


Locy Type 2-2n (USS,
FPO AE 09564-1706)


1st Anniversary of Commissioning, requested by Robert Jank


Locy Type 11-2n
(USS,FPO AE 09564)


Collectors request, requested by Karl F. Weyland


Locy Type 11-2
(USS, FPO AE 09564)


Ships cachet. Collectors request, requested by Phil Schreiber.


Locy Type 12-2c
(USS,FPO AE 09564)


Collector request SASE from the Foster E. Miller III collection.


Locy Type 12-2n
(USS,FPO AE 09564)


Maiden Deployment, Backside of the cover. Cachet by Kay Neuthor

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning Sta."

Norfolk VA


Commissioning, cachet by Richard Hoffner. Postmark design mimics the shape of the Pentagon.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Arlington, Virginia, the location of the Pentagon. She is named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.



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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