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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate
    Keel Laid 14 December 1977 - Launched 16 December 1978

    Commissioned 10 October 1980 - Decommissioning Ceremony 15 March 2003
    Decommissioned 28 March 2003

    Struck from Naval Register 24 May 2004
    Contract for vessel demilitarization, dismantling, and recycling 15 December 2014
    Arrived under tow at Southern Recycling 24 June 2015

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 George Philip FFG-12 Covers Page 1    (1981)



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
FDC 2-1(n+) (USS,USN)


Commissioning, cachet by U.S.S. California Chapter No. 51, USCS


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS,USN)




Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 96675-1470)


The overhaul of the USS Sea Shadow IX-529 is completed at Puget Sound Navy Yard Bremerton, WA
Tom Armstrong


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 96675-1470)


Ship's cachet. Collectors request, from the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


Locy Type
LDC 2-2mt(n+)
(USS, FPO AP 96675-1470)


Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS GEORGE PHILIP earned the Navy "E" Ribbon (4 awards), the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/2 stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Commander George Philip USN (April 14 1912 - June 16 1945)
Philip attended South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City before his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. After completion of the course of instruction at the Naval Academy, he was commissioned an Ensign on June 6 1935. Ensign Philip continued to progress in grade until his promotion to Commander on September 4 1944. During this period he served under a variety of commands and Operational Training Command, Pacific Fleet, San Diego. Commander Philip established a skilled fighting reputation while simultaneously serving as the Executive Officer, Navigator and Combat Intelligence Officer of the famed USS O'BANNON DD-450. For his conspicuous gallantry during the crucial stages of the Solomon Island Campaign, Philip was awarded the Silver Star Medal and O'BANNON received the Presidential Unit Citation. He then served as Commanding Officer of USS TWIGGS DD-591. Commander Philip was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while commanding TWIGGS during an 84-day period of combat near Okinawa. He died following a dusk attack by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft on June 16 1945.



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