BUFFALO SSN 715

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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 25 January 1980 - Launched 8 May 1982

  1. USS BUFFALO SSN 715
    Commissioned 5 November 1983
    Inactivation Ceremony 13 July 2018
    Decommissioned 30 January 2019


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Buffalo SSN-715 Covers Page 1     (1980-2018)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

"CHRISTENING OF /
THE USS /
BUFFALO"

Newport News, VA

1982-05-08

Launching, cachet by Newport News Shipbuilding


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"20th
Anniversary Station"

Norfolk, VA

2003-11-05

20th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"25th
Anniversary Sta."

Norfolk, VA

2008-11-05

25th Anniversary, cachet by Dieter Lange


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"30th
Anniversary Sta."

Norfolk, VA

2013-11-05

30th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"35th
Anniversary Sta."

Norfolk, VA

2018-11-05

35th Anniversary, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Michael Brock

 

Other Information

USS BUFFALO earned the the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Battle "E" Ribbon (3 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Buffalo, New York

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name BUFFALO - USS Buffalo (1892 Auxiliary Cruiser), USS Buffalo CL-110 (Cancelled before Launching) and USS Buffalo SSN-715.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Joanne Kemp, wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback and New York's 31st congressional district representative Jack Kemp, who was credited with winning approval to name the ship after the city in his district.

 


 

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