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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.

    Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 12 September 1966 - Launched 12 April 1969

    Commissioned 4 February 1971 - Decommissioned 15 March 2000

    Struck from Naval Register 15 March 2000
    Disposed of through NPSSRP
        (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program)
            at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. in December 2000

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 Hawkbill SSN-666 Covers Page 1    (1969-1986)



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

No Postmarks Reported


USPO 1-bar

Mare Island, CA



Launching, cachet by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard National Association of Supervisors Local 16.


Other Information

USS HAWKBILL earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Submarine Squadron One Battle Efficiency Ribbon (6 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (4 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Arctic Service Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A large sea turtle.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name HAWKBILL - USS Hawkbill SS-366 and USS Hawkbill SSN-666.



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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