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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 Attack Submarine
    Construction began on 29 April 2009
    Keel Laid 16 March 2013 - Christened 6 September 2014
    Launched 10 September 2014

    Commissioned 1 August 2015

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 Warner SSN-785 Covers Page 1     (2013-2021)



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
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Cover Image


USPS Pictorial

"Keel Laying Station"

Newport News VA


Keel Laying, cachet by - Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Pictorial

"Christening Ceremony"

Newport News VA


Christening, cachet by - Leonhard Venne


USPS Pictorial

"Christening Station"

Newport News VA


Christening, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachetmaker is unidentified.


USPS Pictorial

"Commissioning Station"

Norfolk VA


Commissioning, cachet by Mike Brock


USPS Pictorial

"5th Anniversary Sta."

Newport News VA


5th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by Mike Brock


Other Information

NAMESAKE - John William Warner III (18 February 1927 – 25 May 2021)
Warner, a Republican from Virginia, who retired after serving 30 years as a United States Senator. Mr. Warner was also the 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and served in WWII as a US Navy electronics technician third-class petty officer and in the Korean War he was a Captain with the US Marine Corps, 1st Marine Air Wing, serving as a Ground Communications Officer.

The ships sponsor is Jeanne Warner, the wife of John Warner.



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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