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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.

    Polar Class Icebreaker
    Keel Laid 16 September 1996 - Launched 15 November 1997

    Commissioned (Special) 10 November 1999
    Commissioned (Full) 21 August 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. USCGC Healy WAGB-20 Covers Page 1    (1996-2003)
  2. USCGC Healy WAGB-20 Exhibit Page 1    (1996-2009)



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
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Cover Image


Locy Type 2-2 (USCGC,
FPO AP 96667-3918)

c 2002

Cacheted, date determined by the date on the stamp.


Locy Type 2-2 (USCGC,
FPO AP 96667-3918)


Cachet by the USS Puget Sound Chapter No. 74, USCS. Arctic West Summer 2004


Locy Type 11-2(n) (USCGC,
FPO AP 96667-3918)

c 2012

Cacheted, date determined by the date on the stamp.


Other Information

USCGC HEALY has earned the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards) and the US Coast Guard E Ribbon as of 2016.

NAMESAKE - Michael Augustine Healy (September 22, 1839 - August 30, 1904), of Macon, Georgia, was an American captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor of the United States Coast Guard).
     Following US Secretary of State William H. Seward's Alaska Purchase of the vast region in 1867, Healy patrolled the 20,000 miles of Alaskan coastline for more than 20 years, earning great respect of the natives and seafarers alike. After commercial fishing had depleted the whale and seal populations, his assistance with introduction of Siberian reindeer helped prevent starvation among the native Alaskans.
     Nicknamed "Hell Roaring Mike", Captain Michael Healy became the first African-American to command a ship of the United States government. One of his commands, the USRC Bear, was an inspiration used by author Jack London. Commissioned in 1999, USCGC Healy was named in his honor.



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