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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
    Naming Ceremony May 2004
    Keel Laid 30 July 2004 - Launched & Christened 11 February 2006

    Commissioned 10 February 2007

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 Gridley DDG-101 Covers Page 1    (2007-2017)



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 Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2-2n+
AP 96666-1210)


Commissioning, Contributed by Douglas Ebert.


Locy Type 9-2n+
AP 96666-1210)


Ships cachet, serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
AP, 96666-1210)


Ships cachet, serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
AP 96666-1210)


Ships cachet, contributed by Tom Kean.


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 96666)


Collectors request, from the Ken Pearson collection..


Locy Type
(USS,FPO AP 96666)


Ships cachet, Port visit to Haakonsvern Naval Base, Norway. Contributed by Robert Jank.


Locy Type F


110th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type F


100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, USN (November 24 1844 – May 25 1898)
Gridley was a veteran of the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named GRIDLEY - USS Gridley DD-92, USS Gridley DD-380, USS Gridley DLG/CG-21 and USS Gridley DDG-101.



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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