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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.

    Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 12 January 1963 - Launched 1 February 1964

    Commissioned 14 August 1964 - Decommissioned 7 March 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 3 July 1994
    Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 21 October 1994

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 Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633 Covers Page 1     (1963-1994)



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

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USPO Machine

Groton, CT


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Keel Laid, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (March 4 1745 - October 15 1779)
Pulaski was a Polish military officer who fought on the side of the American colonists against the British in the Revolutionary War. The "father of the American cavalry," he was mortally wounded during the 1779 siege of Savannah, Georgia.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Mary Gronouski, wife of John A. Gronouski, Jr. (October 26, 1919 – January 7, 1996) was the Wisconsin state commissioner of taxation and served as the United States Postmaster General from 1963 until 1965 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. On November 2, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to be Ambassador to Poland.



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