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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.

    Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 26 April 1975 - Launched 29 October 1977

    Commissioned 16 December 1978 - Decommissioned 22 December 1997

    Struck from Naval Register 22 December 1997
    Entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 1 October 2012
    September 2015, Birmingham's sail was placed on static display at Defense Supply Center Columbus.

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. USS Birmingham SSN-695 Covers Page 1     (1975-1997)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Christening Of /
The USS /

Newport News VA


Launching and Christening, cachet by the USS Nathan Hale Chapter No. 68, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Birmingham, AL.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name BIRMINGHAM - USS Birmingham CL-2, USS Birmingham CL-62 and USS Birmingham SSN-695.

Th ships sponsor was Mrs. Maryon Pittman Allen, wife of Senator James Allen.



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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