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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.

    Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship
    Keel Laid 10 March 1966 - Launched 9 August 1967

    Commissioned 10 August 1968 - Decommissioned 1 October 1980

    Placed In Service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) 1 October 1980
    Placed out of service 15 September 2008

    Struck from Naval Register 15 September 2008

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 Kilauea AE-26 Covers Page 1    (1966-1980)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 10 August 1968 to 1 October 1980


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)(USS)


Commissioning, Cachet by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS)


Commissioning Insert, Prepared by Old Ironsides Chapter No. 1, USCS


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS)


Commissioning, Cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Official ship's R/S cachet


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




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


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

USS KILAUEA earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, three Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, three Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 4 Campaign stars), the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (from Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the volcano of The Hawaiian Islands.



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