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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 by SecNav Ray Mabus 2 September 2015
    Keel Authentication Ceremony 20 August 2019 - Christened 3 September 2022 (cancelled)
    Christened 17 June 2023 - Launched TBD

  1. USS IOWA SSN-797
  2. Commissioned TBD

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 Iowa SSN-797 Covers Page 1    (Date)



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


4-bar Cancel

North Kingstown RI



Keel Authentication Ceremony, cachet by Richard D. Jones


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the State of Iowa.

Four ships of the United States Navy have borne the name IOWA - USS Iowa BB-4, USS Iowa BB-53 (Cancelled), USS Iowa BB-61 and USS Iowa SSN-797.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Christie Vilsack, an Iowa native and lifelong educator.



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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