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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.

    Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 29 July 1963 - Launched 21 November 1964

  2. Commissioned 22 December 1965 - Deactivated 1 October 1991
    Decommissioned 27 June 1992

    Struck from Naval Register 1 August 1992
    Scrapping began 1 October 1995
    Scrapping completed through NPSSRP 23 September 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. USS Lewis & Clark SSBN-644 Covers Page 1     (1963-1992)



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.


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Killer Bar Text

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Newport News, VA


GregCiesielski LewisClark SSBN644 19651222 2 Front.jpg




Other Information

NAMESAKE - Meriwether Lewis (August 18 1774 - October 11 1809) and William Clark (August 1 1770 - September 1 1838)
In 1803, when Congress appropriated funds for exploring the West, Lewis went to Philadelphia to organize the expedition. As his companion officer he chose was William Clark.
Designed to find a land route to the Pacific, the expedition mustered in Illinois in 1804 and for the next 28 months proceeded to gain invaluable information about the unknown parts of the continent and its Indian inhabitants. The exploring party returned to St. Louis in September 1806. For the rest of their lives Lewis and Clark dedicated their abilities to administration of the U.S. territories and gave valuable service in Indian affairs.

The ships sponsors were Mrs. M. F. Engman and Mrs. M. G. Sale.



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