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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.

    Gerald R. Ford Class Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier
    Naming Ceremony 29 May 2011
    Keel Laid 22 August 2015 - Launched 29 November 2019
    Christened 7 December 2019

    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 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 F. Kennedy CVN-79 Covers Page 1     (2015-2019)



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
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Cover Image


Pictorial Cancel

"Keel Laying Sta."

Newport News, VA


Keel Laying, Postmark by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Ray Younkins


Pictorial Cancel

"Christening Station"

Newport News, VA


Christening, Postmark by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, US Navy Veteran and 35th US President. Assassinated on 22 November 1963 in Dallas TX.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name JOHN F. KENNEDY - USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 and USS John F. Kennedy CVN-79.

The ships sponsor is Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. ambassador to Japan.



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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