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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.

    Supply Class Fast Combat Support Ship
    Keel Laid 2 August 1993 - Launched 24 August 1996

    Commissioned 5 August 1998 - Decommissioning Ceremony 24 June 2004
    Officially Decommissioned 29 June 2004

    Placed In Service 29 June 2004 - Placed Out of Service 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. USS Bridge AOE-10 Covers Page 1    (1999)



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


Locy Type FDC F


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


Locy Type
FPO AP 96661-3040)


Christmas, cachet by Tom Armstrong


Locy Type
FPO AP 96661-3040)


Ships cachet


Other Information

USS BRIDGE earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Horatio Bridge (1806-98) was born Augusta, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1826. He was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced law until 1838 when he entered the Navy as a Purser. In 1854 he was named Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing. He was the first in the Navy to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply which was carried out with conspicuous success during the Civil War. He retired April 8 1868 and was advanced to Pay Director with the relative rank of Commodore on the Retired List March 3 1871. He died in 1898 at Athens, PA.

There has been two ships of the US Navy named after Horatio Bridge - USS Bridge AF-1 and USS Bridge AOE-10.



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