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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.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Naming Ceremony 30 March 2016 - Construction began 27 April 2016
    Keel Laid 21 February 2017 - Launched 13 July 2018
    Christened 6 October 2018 - Delivered to USN 30 November 2021

    Commissioned 14 May 2022

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 Frank E. Petersen Jr. Covers Page 1     (2017-2022)



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 To
Postmark or
Cover Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Type 11

"Shipbuilding City Br."

Pascagoula MS



Keel Laying, cachet by Richard D. Jones


Locy Type FDC F



PROPOSED Commissioning postmark, created by Wolfgang Hechler


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning Sta."

Charleston SC



PROPOSED Commissioning postmark, created by Wolfgang Hechler


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant General Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr., USMC. - 2 March 1932 – 25 August 2015
Petersen was the first colored Marine Corps aviator and the first colored Marine Corps General. Petersen retired from the Marine Corps in 1988 after 38 years of service. "At the time of his retirement he was by date of aviator designation the senior ranking aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy with respective titles of 'Silver Hawk' and 'Gray Eagle'. His date of designation as an aviator also precedes all other aviators in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army."
In 2010, President Obama appointed Petersen to the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy.
LtGen Petersen was authorized to wear the Naval Aviator Badge and earned the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit w/ Valor device, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal w/ 1 award star & Strike/Flight numeral "10", the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Valor device, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star, the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 service stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 service stars, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Korea Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal during his distinguished Marine Corps career.

The ships sponsor is D'Arcy Neller, wife of General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps.



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