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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIA) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Naming Ceremony 14 June 2016 - Building starts 27 January 2017
    Keel Laid 14 November 2017 - Launched 27 January 2020
    Christened 24 April 2021 - Acceptance Trials completed 6 October 2022

  2. Commissioned 13 May 2023 (Scheduled)


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 Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee DDG-123 Covers Page 1     (2017-2021)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS 4-bar

City Br."

Pascagoula MS



Keel Laying, cachet by Robert Jank


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (May 18, 1874 – January 10, 1941)
    Higbee was a pioneering Canadian-born United States Navy chief nurse. In October 1908, Higbee joined the newly established U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as one of its first twenty members. She was promoted to Chief Nurse in 1909. Lenah Higbee became chief nurse at Norfolk Naval Hospital in April 1909. In January 1911, Higbee (she was the widow of Lieutenant Colonel John Henley Higbee, USMC) became the second Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps. For her achievements in leading the Nurses Corps through the First World War, Chief Nurse Higbee was awarded the Navy Cross, the first (and only) living woman to receive that medal. She resigned from the position of Superintendent and retired from the Navy on 23 November 1922.
    Along with the Navy Cross, Higbee also earned the Distinguished Service Medal and the WWI Victory Medal.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in her honor - USS Higbee DD-806 and USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee DDG-123.

The ship's sponsors are Louisa Dixon, Virginia Munford, and Rolanda Pickett Wilson.



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