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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.

    Lewis and Clark Class Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 2 November 2007 - Launched 18 September 2008

    Placed In Service 4 March 2009

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. USNS Carl Brashear T-AKE-7 Covers Page 1     (2007-08)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS 4-bar

"Midway Philatelic

San Diego, CA



Keel Laid, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl Maxie Brashear, USN (January 19 1931 - July 25 2006)
Brashear joined the United States Navy in 1948. He was a pioneer in the Navy as the first black deep-sea diver, the first black Master Diver and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation. After 31 years of service, Brashear officially retired from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979.
MCBM Brashear's awards and decorations include - Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (w/1 silver and 2 bronze service stars), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
Brashear was the subject of the movie "Men of Honor" starring Cuba Gooding Jr., that opened in 2000



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