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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 April 8 1971 - Launched March 1 1972

  1. USS KISKA AE-35
    Commissioned December 16 1972 - Decommissioned August 1 1996

    Placed in Service August 1 1996

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. Covers Page 1    (1981-92)



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

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

1st Commissioning December 16 1972 to August 1 1996


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Welcome to San Diego, cachet by Herb Gordon


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Independence Day at Fort Vancouver


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




Locy Type
2-1n (D1,USS,USN)




Locy Type
9-1nu (USS,USN)




USPS Type 9

Concord, CA


No Image

Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

KISKA earned a Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, four (4) Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Kiska is an island in the Rat Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.



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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