CANBERRA CA 70

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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.

    Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser
    Keel Laid September 3 1941 as PITTSBURGH
    Renamed October 12 1942
    Launched April 19 1943

  1. USS CANBERRA CA-70
    Commissioned October 14 1943 - Decommissioned March 7 1947

  2. USS CANBERRA CAG-2
    Reclassified Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser (CAG) January 4 1952
    Recommissioned June 15 1956

  3. USS CANBERRA CA-70
    Reverted to Heavy Cruiser (CA) May 1 1968
    Decommissioned February 2 1970

    Struck from Naval Register July 31 1978
    Sold July 31 1980 to National Metal for scrap
CANBERRA CAG PATCH.jpg


Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1943-69)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
Pz

1943-04-19

JonBurdett canberra ca70 19430419.jpg
JonBurdett canberra ca70 19430419 cach.jpg

Launching


1st Commissioning October 14 1943 to March 7 1947


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-02-15

JonBurdett canberra ca70 19460215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra ca70 19460215.jpg

As CA-70


 

Locy Type
2z

1943-11-11

JonBurdett canberra ca70 19431111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra ca70 19431111.jpg

As CA-70
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9efu

1945-12-14

JohnGermann Canberra CA70 19451214 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Canberra CA70 19451214 1 Front.jpg

Note:


2nd Commissioning June 15 1956 to February 2 1970


 

Locy Type
FDC 2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-107

1956-06-15

JonBurdett canberra cag2 19560615-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra cag2 19560615-1.jpg

As CAG-2
First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-107

1956-09-09

JonBurdett canberra cag2 19560909 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra cag2 19560909.JPG

As CAG-2


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-107a

1963-10-16

GregCiesielski Canberra CAG2 19631012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Canberra CAG2 19631012 1 Front.jpg

As CAG-2


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

1961-07-28

JonBurdett canberra cag2 19610728 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra cag2 19610728.JPG

As CAG-2


 

Locy Type
9fu

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-107c

1961-07-28

JonBurdett canberra cag2 19610728 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett canberra cag2 19610728.JPG

As CAG-2


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)

1963-10-16

GregCiesielski Canberra CAG2 19631012 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Canberra CAG2 19631012 1 Front.jpg

As CAG-2


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)

1969-10-02

JonBurdett canberra ca70 19691002 pm.jpg
JonBurdett canberra ca70 19691002.JPG

As CA-70
Last Day Postal Service

 

Other Information

CANBERRA earned 7 Battle Stars for WWII service

NAMESAKE - The Royal Australian Navy's County Class Cruiser HMAS CANBERRA, which was sunk during the Battle of Savo Island. The only American warship named after a foreign vessel

 


 

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