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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 4 June 1962 - Launched 22 June 1963

    Commissioned 15 September 1964 - Decommissioned 28 March 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 28 March 1994
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 18 November 1994

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 John C. Calhoun SSBN-630 Covers Page 1     (1963-1993)



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

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"USS John C. Calhoun
SSBN 630 Deactivation Sta."

Fort Lauderdale FL


Deactivation, cachet by Charles B Hall, sponsored by the USS Los Angeles Chapter No. 97, USCS. From the Neal Mills collection.


Other Information

USS JOHN C. CALHOUN earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon (2 awards) and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - John C. Calhoun (1782-1850)
Calhoun was a leading proponent of States' rights. He served his State and country with distinction in the House of Representatives 1811-17, and as Secretary of War 1817-25, Vice President 1825-32, Senator 1832-44 and 1845-50, and Secretary of State 1844-45.



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