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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 15 December 1961 - Launched 14 May 1964
    Lengthened 13 feet, Re-launched 30 April 1965

  1. USS GATO SSN-615
    Commissioned 25 January 1968 - Decommissioned 25 April 1996

    Struck from the Naval Register 25 April 1996
    Disposed of through the NPSSR Program

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 Gato SSN-615 Covers Page 1    (1964-2018)



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

Private Marking


USPS Type 9

"Port Everglades Sta."

Ft. Lauderdale FL


Port Visit - Port Everglades, Official ships cachet. USS GATO marking by George H. Wilson


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A species of small catshark found in waters along the west coast of Mexico.

There have been two submarines of the US Navy that have borne the name GATO - USS Gato SS-212 and USS Gato SSN-615.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Barbara Ramage, wife of VAdm Lawson P. "Red" Ramage, USN, MOH.



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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