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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.

    Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper
    Laid down May 7 1953 - Launched September 21 1953

    Commissioned November 24 1954

    Reclassified Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) February 7 1955

  3. PULAU ARU M-722 (Indonesian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Indonesia 1971 and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1976
    Disposed of September 1 1976 for scrap

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 Falcon MSC-190 Covers Page 1     (1957)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type SL

USPO Machine Cancel

"Naval Base Br."

Portsmouth NH


Postal card, cachet commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the US Naval Reserve.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A longwinged hawk.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name FALCON - USS Falcon (1846 Gunboat), USS Falcon ASR-2, USS Falcon MSC-190 and USS Falcon MHC-59.
A fifth ship named FALCON, a motor boat, served in a noncommissioned status in the 13th Naval District during World War I.



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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