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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.

    San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship
    Keel Laid 6 June 2012 - Launched 30 October 2014 - Christened 21 March 2015
    Delivery accepted by the US Navy 13 May 2016

    Commissioned 8 October 2016

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 John P. Murtha LPD-26 Covers Page 1     (2015-16)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark or
Cover Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type FDC 11-2n+
(USS,FPO AP 96694)

(Missing middle initial "P")


Commissioning, cacheted by Doug Ebert. Signed by the CO and XO.


Locy Type FDC 12-2cn+
(USS,FPO AP 96694)

(Missing middle initial "P")


Commissioning, cacheted.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning /

Philadelphia PA


Commissioning, cachet by William E. Lowe.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in honor of Congressman John P. Murtha (17 June 1932 – 9 April 2010) of Pennsylvania. A former United States Marine Corps officer, Murtha was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1974. Murtha served as either chairman or ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee from 1989 to 2010.

The ships sponsor is Donna S. Murtha, Congressman Murtha's daughter.



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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