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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.

    Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 23 October 1961 - Christened & Launched 30 November 1962

    Commissioned 20 February 1964 - Decommissioned 5 November 1990

    Struck from Naval Register 5 November 1990
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 30 September 1997

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 Henry Clay SSBN-625 Covers Page 1    (1962-1990)



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

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Close-Up Image
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Full Cover Image

No Naval Postmarks Reported

No USPS Postmarks Reported


USPO Machine

Newport News, VA



Launching, signed by Cdr. Thomas A. Bryce, USN, PCO Blue


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Henry Clay (April 12 1777 - June 29 1852)
Henry Clay was a towering figure in American politics in the middle part of the 19th century, a presidential aspirant whose political skills earned him the nickname "The Great Compromiser." He grew up in Virginia in the Revolutionary War period, and in his early 20s he made his name as a trial lawyer in the frontier of Kentucky. A businessman, landowner, farmer, horse breeder and politician, Clay spent his early career in the House of Representatives -- building power as Speaker of the House -- and was appointed twice to fill out terms in the U.S. senate (1806-07 and 1810-11). He lost the hotly contested 1824 race for the presidency, but threw his support behind John Quincy Adams to spite political enemy Andrew Jackson. Clay was a leader in the Whig party, but was thwarted in his presidential ambitions in the 1830s and '40s. Nonetheless, he was one of more able and powerful legislators in Washington, known especially for his oratorical skills. He is best remembered for his role in the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the 1850 Compromise Act, temporary fixes to the slavery issue settled later by the Civil War.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Green B. Gibson.


Commissioning Letter from Blue and Gold Commanding Officers:
Contributed by Jennifer Hoffman.



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