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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.

    Knox Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 11 May 1968 - Launched 3 May 1969

  2. Commissioned 21 March 1971

  4. Reclassified Frigate (FF) 30 June 1975
    Decommissioned 2 July 1992

    Struck from Naval Register 11 January 1995
    Sunk as target 10 July 2002

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 Harold E. Holt DE-1074 / FF-1074 Covers Page 1    (1971-1985)



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
2(n+) (USS,DE)




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




Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+) (USS)


Ships cachet. Last Day in Commission.


Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u) (USS)


Ships cachet. Last Day in Commission.


Other Information

USS HAROLD E. HOLT earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Humanitarian Service Ribbon w/ 1 star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Harold Edward Holt (5 August 1908 - presumed dead 17 December 1967)
Holt was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966. His term as Prime Minister dramatically ended in December of the following year when he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea and was presumed drowned. Holt spent 32 years in Parliament, including many years as a senior Cabinet Minister, but was Prime Minister for only 22 months. This necessarily limited his personal and political impact, especially when compared to his immediate predecessor Robert Menzies, who was PM for a total of 18 years. Today, Holt is mainly remembered for the sensational circumstances of his death, for his controversial role in expanding Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War and for his famous (or infamous) "All the way with LBJ" quote. In the opinion of his biographer Tom Frame, this has tended to obscure the many achievements of Holt's long and distinguished political career.

The ships sponsor was Dame Zara Bate, D.B.E., widow of Prime Minister Holt.

USS HAROLD E. HOLT was the first American warship to bear the name of a foreign head of state.



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