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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.

    Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship
    Keel Laid 3 June 1983 - Launched 15 June 1985

    Commissioned 12 September 1987 - Decommissioned 30 September 2014

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. Covers Page 1    (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
Fleet Post Office 09520
Naples, Italy


The ship had no postal facilities.


USPS Pictorial

"Decommissioning /

San Diego CA


Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS AVENGER earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal with star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - To take vengeance on behalf of

The ships sponsor is Sybil Stockdale, wife of VADM James B. Stockdale, USN Ret.



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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