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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.

    Belknap Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 25 September 1962 - Launched 30 June 1964

    Commissioned Guided Missile Destroyer 3 December 1966

    Reclassified Guided Missile Cruiser (CG) 30 June 1975
    Decommissioned 28 January 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 28 January 1994
    Sunk on 10 August 2007 as target during Valiant Shield 2007

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 Jouett DLG-29 / CG-29 Covers Page 1     (1966-1992)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Bremerton WA


Beck Cachet


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)


As DLG-29
First Day in Commission


Locy Type


As DLG-29


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


As CG-29


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS,USN)


As CG-29


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS)


As CG-29


Locy Type
2-1t(n+u) (CG,USS,USN)


As CG-29


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) ("DLG")


DLG-29, courtesy of Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)


As CG-29


Locy Type
9-1nu (USS,USN)


As CG-29. Cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


Other Information

USS JOUETT earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 7 Campaign stars, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (7 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral James Edward Jouett, USN (7 February 1826 - 30 September 1902)
Jouett was born near Lexington, Ky., and was appointed Midshipman 10 September 1841. He served on the African coast in USS Decatur with Mathew C. Perry and in USS John Adams during the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, Jouett was captured by Confederates at Pensacola but was soon parolled. He then joined the blockading forces off Galveston, distinguishing himself during the night of 7 to 8 November 1861 in the capture and destruction of Confederate schooner Royal Yacht. Jouett later commanded USS Montgomery and R. R. Cuyler on blockading duty and in September 1863 took command of USS Metacomet. In the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, his ship was lashed to Admiral Far-ragut's flagship USS Hartford as the gallant ships entered the bay. Monitor Tecumseh was sunk by an underwater "torpedo", but the ships steamed boldly on, inspired By Farragut's famous command: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." USS Metacomet was sent after two Confederate gunboats, and in a short chase Jouett riddled Gaines and captured Selma. Jouett had various commands ashore and afloat after the Civil War, taking command of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1884. In 1889 he commanded a naval force which forced the opening of the Isthmus of Panama, threatened by insurrection. Rear Admiral Jouett retired in 1890 and lived for most of his remaining years at "The Anchorage," near Sandy Springs, Md. He died 30 September 1902." {DANFS}.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. S. J. Ervin, Jr., wife of the Senator from North Carolina.

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Jouett DD-41, USS Jouett DD-396 and USS Jouett CG-29.



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