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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.

    Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid as Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull (Date unknown)
    Launched July 6 1943 as MISCHIEF
    Acquired by U.S. Navy November 16 1943 for conversion to Naval service

    Placed in Ferry Commission November 16-24 1943
    Commissioned April 28 1944 - Decommissioned March 16 1948
    Recommissioned March 19 1949

    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned August 12 1971

    Struck from Naval Register August 13 1971
    Returned to Maritime Administration for disposal

    Sold March 1 1973 to Andy International, Houston, TX. for scrap

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).

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. Arneb Covers Page 1     (1946-68)



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.
>>> 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 April 26 1944 - Disestablished June 19 1946


Locy Type


As AKA-56


Locy Type



Post Office Reestablished April 1 1949 - Disestablished July 6 1971


Locy Type


As AKA-56


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As LKA-56. Although ARNEB was redesignated LKA in 1969, the AKA postmark is still used.
Cachet and return address from USS Papago ATF-160 when she visited Norfolk, VA. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Locy Type


As AKA-56
Welcome to Norfolk - HMS Devonshire D02. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Locy Type


As AKA-56


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n+) Jul 6, 1971


As LKA-56
Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Other Information

USS ARNEB earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze star, the Antarctic Service Medal w/ 2 silver and 1 bronze stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Philippines Liberation Medal w/ 1 bronze star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the brightest star in the southern constellation Lepus with a magnitude of 2.7 and a diameter nine times that of the Sun. It is 900 light years from the Earth



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