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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.

    Virginia Class (Block IV) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Naming Ceremony 9 January 2015
    Keel Laid 11 May 2018 - Christening 31 July 2021 - Launched TBD

  2. Commissioned 14 October 2023

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Hyman G. Rickover SSN-795 Covers Page 1     (2018-2023)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image


USPS 4-bar

North Kingstown RI



Keel Laying, cachet by Richard D. Jones


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, USN (January 27, 1900 – July 8, 1986)
     Rickover was a United States Navy Admiral who directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of Naval Reactors. In addition, he oversaw the development of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the world's first commercial pressurized water reactor used for generating electricity.
      On 16 November 1973 Rickover was promoted to four-star admiral after 51 years of commissioned service. With his unique personality, political connections, responsibilities, and depth of knowledge regarding naval nuclear propulsion, Rickover became the longest-serving naval officer in U.S. history with 63 years of active duty service.

Two ships of the United States Navy have borne the name HYMAN G. RICKOVER - USS Hyman G. Rickover SSN-709 and USS Hyman G. Rickover SSN-795.

The ships sponsor is Darlene Greenert, wife of Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN, former US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) 2011-2015.



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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