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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.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Destroyer
    Naming Ceremony 15 February 2011
    Keel Laid 4 November 2013 - Launched 28 March 2015
    Christened 2 May 2015

  2. Commissioned 15 July 2017

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 Finn DDG-113 Covers Page 1     (2013-2020)



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 To
Postmark or
Cover Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 11-2n+
(USS, FPO AP 96691)


Commissioning, Cachet by Neal J. Mills


Locy Type
FDC 12-2cn+
(USS, FPO AP 96691)


Commissioning, Ships cachet. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 96691)


Collectors request, cachet by Dennis W. Gill


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 96691)


On the back of the cover. From the Foster E. Miller, III collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Pearl Harbor Station"

Honolulu HI


Commissioning, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler. Cachet by Mike Brock


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant John William Finn, USN (23 July 1909 – 27 May 2010).
     Named for John Finn, US Navy Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. Finn was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II honored for machine gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot in the foot and shoulder, and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. He retired as a lieutenant after thirty years of service (1926-1956), and died at age 100 in 2010.
     Lt. Finn's awards include the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal with two bars, the Yangtze Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

     The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Laura Stravridis, wife of retired Admiral James G. Stravridis, who had served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM, May 2009 – May 2013) and NATO's 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR, June 2009 – May 2013).



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