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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.

    Spruance Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 6 March 1978 - Launched 1 May 1979

  1. USS FIFE DD-991
    Commissioned 31 May 1980 - Decommissioned 28 February 2003

    Stricken 6 April 2004 - Sunk as a target 23 August 2005

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 Fife DD-991 Covers Page 1    (1979-1995)



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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-49




Locy Type


1984 Seattle SeaFair Fleet Week, cachet by USS Puget Sound Chapter 74, USCS


Locy Type


Official Ships Cachet and Doll Festival, cachet by Tom Morrissey
Konnichiwa (Misspelled Coneechiwa) is Japanese for Good Afternoon.


Locy Type


Postmarks from USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, USS Sacramento AOE-1, USS Camden AOE-2, USS Rainier AOE-7,
USS Bridge AOE-10 and USS Fife DD-991
Merry Christmas from Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton WA, cachet by Tom Armstrong


Locy Type
12-1n (USS)


From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


Locy Type
LDC 12-1cn (USS)


Decommissioning. Ships cachet. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Admiral James Fife, Jr., USN (January 22 1897 - November 1 1975)
Fife graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1918 and served in both World War I and World War II in submarines and surface combatants.



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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