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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.

    Asheville Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid 3 January 1967
    Incomplete hull destroyed by fire August 1968
    Keel Laid 14 April 1969 as Motor Gunboat PGM-96
    Launched 20 December 1969

    Commissioned 20 April 1970 - Decommissioned 15 October 1971

  2. ROKN PAEK KU PGM-351 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Korea 15 October 1971 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. Navy custody 1991

    Struck from Navy Register 30 August 1996
    Scrapped in Korea in 1998.

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 does not take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Benicia PG-96 Covers Page 1     (1969)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Machine Cancel

Tacoma WA



Launching, cachet by the USS Saginaw Chapter No. 59, USCS


Machine Postmark

San Diego, CA


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Benicia, CA

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William F. Petrovic.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BENICIA - USS Benicia (1869 Sloop) and USS Benicia PG-96.



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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