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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 Class (Flight IIa) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 26 November 2007 - Christened 16 May 2009
    Launched 30 May 2009

    Commissioned 20 November 2010

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Gravely DDG-107 Covers Page 1     (2009-2010)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 Image
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Cover Image

1st Commissioning November 20 2010 to present


Locy Type FDC F


Commissioning, cachet by the Cape Fear Stamp and Cover Club


Locy Type 2-2n


Collectors request, Official ship's cachet, serviced by Karl Weyland


Locy Type 11-2ny
09570) (Unit 100337)


Collectors request by John Macco.


Locy Type 12-2cny
09570) (Unit 100337)


Collectors request by John Macco.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


USPS Pictorial

"Commissioning Station"

Wilmington NC


Commissioning, cachet by William Everett


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr., USN (June 4, 1922 – October 22, 2004).
Gravely was an Black American Navy pioneer — the first Black American in the U.S. Navy to be commissioned an officer, the first to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander, and the first to become an admiral.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Alma B.C. Gravely, Admiral Gravely's widow.



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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