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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.

    Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship
    Naming ceremony by SecNav Ray Mabus 25 July 2015
    Construction started 2 June 2017
    Keel Laying Ceremony 14 August 2018 - Launched 19 January 2020
    Christened 29 February 2020 - Delivery accepted 20 September 2022

    Commissioned 6 May 2023

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 Cooperstown LCS-23 Covers Page 1     (2018-2020)



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


4-bar Cancel

Marinette WI



Keel Authentication Ceremony, cachet by Richard D. Jones.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after Cooperstown, NY. The ship is named to honor the veterans who are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, NY. These 64 men served in conflicts ranging from the Civil War through the Korean War.

The ships sponsor is Ellen R. Tillapaugh, Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown, NY. She completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the ship.



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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