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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid April 9 1945 - Launched September 8 1945

  1. USS FISKE DD-842
    Commissioned November 28 1945 - Decommissioned April 1 1952
    Recommissioned Nov 25 1952

  2. USS FISKE DDR-842
    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) July 18 1952

  3. USS FISKE DD-842
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) April 1 1964
    Decommissioned June 6 1980

    Struck from Naval Register August 6 1987

  4. PIYALE PASA DD-350 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Sold to Turkey June 5 1980 and renamed
    Heavily damaged (Grounded) 1996

    Scrapped 1999


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. Fiske Covers Page 1    (1947-80)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established December 1 1945 - Disestablished March 25 1952


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n) Jan 1, 1946


First Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-7


As DD-842
Navy Day, cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-7b


As DD-842

Post Office Reestablished December 29 1952 - Disestablished 1980


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-842


Locy Type


As DDR-842


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (DD,USS)


As DD-842


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (DD,USS)


As DD-842


Locy Type


As DD-842


Locy Type


As DDR-842



Ship's Mark


Welcome to Norfolk - TCG PIYALE PASE D-350 (ex USS FISKE DD-842), cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

FISKE earned 2 Battle Stars for her service during the Korean War.

NAMESAKE - Admiral Bradley Allen Fiske ,1854-1942, American naval officer and inventor, b. Lyons, N.Y., grad. Annapolis, 1874. In the U.S. navy he devoted himself to the invention of instruments for shipboard use. His numerous inventions include an electrically powered gun turret, the torpedo plane, a naval telescopic sight, an electromagnetic system for detonating torpedoes under ships, and an electric range finder—a device that brought him many citations when, as navigating officer of the gunboat Petrel, he successfully employed it in the battle of Manila Bay. He was promoted to rear admiral in 1911, but he was forced to retire in 1916 when his agitation for a stronger navy clashed with the policies of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. {DANFS}



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