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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.

    Columbia Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Naming Ceremony by SecNav Ray Mabus 14 December 2016
    Keel Authenticated 4 June 2022 - Christened TBD - Launched TBD

  2. Commissioned TBD

"Justice To All"

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Columbia SSBN-826 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Type 12 Cancel

Newport News VA



Ceremonial First Cut of Steel, cachet by Robert Jank


Other Information

NAMESAKE - The District of Columbia.

Ten ships of the US Navy have borne the name COLUMBIA - USS Columbia (1813, 44-gun Frigate), USS Columbia (1836, 50-gun Sailing Frigate), USS Columbia (1862, Screw Steamer), USS Columbia (1864, Ironclad), USS Columbia CA-16,
USS Columbia AG-9, USS Columbia CL-56, USS Columbia T-AOT-182. USS Columbia SSN-771 and USS Columbia SSBN-826.

The ship’s sponsors are District of Columbia Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.



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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