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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.

    Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter
    Keel Laid 11 October 1989 - Launched 21 March 1992

    Commissioned 6 August 1994 - Decommissioned 16 March 2007

    Transferred to Greece 16 March 16 2007 and renamed
GregCiesielski Heron MHC52 19940806 1 Crest.jpg

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 Heron MHC-52 Covers Page 1    (2007)



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


Machine Cancel

Corpus Christi, TX


JonBurdett heron mhc52 19971023.jpg
JonBurdett heron mhc52 19971023 cach.jpg

Ship's crest and commissioning date



Ingleside TX


GregCiesielski Heron MHC52 20070316 1 Front.jpg


Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A long-necked, long-legged wading shore bird indigenous to Louisiana and the vast coastal marshlands



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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