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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.

    Thresher Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid April 14 1961 - Launched June 22 1963

    Commissioned July 22 1966 - Decommissioned May 26 1992

    Struck September 14 1992
    Scrapped May 11 1994

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 Flasher SSN-613 Covers Page 1    (1964-2016)



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 F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-51


10th Anniversary, cachet & postmark created by the USS Flasher's crew. The submarine had no post office.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"50th Anniversary Sta."

Groton, CT


50th Anniversary, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Robert Jank


Other Information

USS FLASHER received 5 Battle "E"s, 4 Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Navy Unit Commendation, and a Presidential Unit Citation during her 25 year career.

NAMESAKE - Flasher, a member of the Lobotidae family of fishes, which have an unusual placement of the second dorsal and anal fins, posteriorly on the body, close to the tail.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named FLASHER - USS Flasher SS 249 and USS Flasher SSN 613.



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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