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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.

    America Class Amphibious Assault Ship
    Naming Ceremony by SecNav Ray Mabus 9 November 2016
    Keel Authentication Ceremony 14 March 2019
    Launching 6 October 2023 - Christening 2 December 2023

    Commissioned TBD

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 Bougainville LHA-8 Covers Page 1     (2018-2023)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


4-bar Cancel

"Shipbuilding City"

Pascagoula MS



"First Steel Cut". Cachet by Dennis W. Gill


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Bougainville, an island in the Northern Solomans which was the location of a WWII campaign in 1943-44 during which Allies secured a strategic airfield from Japan. Success at Bougainville isolated all Japanese forces left in the Solomans.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BOUGAINVILLE - USS Bougainville CVE-100 and USS Bougainville LHA-8.

The ships sponsor is Ellyn S. Dunford, wife of General Joseph Dunford, USMC, 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.



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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