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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.

    Kidd Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 7 1979 for Iran as ANDUSHIRVAN DD-966
    Seized by Executive Order July 24 1979
    Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) August 8 1979
    Launched May 24 1980

  2. Commissioned May 13 1982 - Decommissioned September 23 1999

  3. ROCS MA KONG DDG-1805 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
  4. Sold to Taiwan 30 May 2003
    Commissioned 3 November 2006


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 Chandler DDG-966 Covers Page 1    (1979-99)



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 2-1(n)


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2-1(n) (D2,USS,USN)




Locy Type


Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n)


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


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for William Eaton Chandler who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1882 to 1886



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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