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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.

    Montford Point Class
    Mobile Landing Platform Ship,
    Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) Variant
    Keel Laid 5 November 2013 - Launched 6 November 2014
    Christened 7 February 2015

  2. Delivered to the US Navy 12 June 2015 and Placed In Service

  4. Redesignated Expeditionary Mobile Base (T-ESB) 1 September 2015

  6. Redesignated USS & ESB 17 August 2017
    Commissioned 17 August 2017 at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain

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. USNS LEWIS B. PULLER T-ESB-3 / MLP-3 Covers Page 1     (2013-2020)



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


Locy Type 11-2
(USS, FPO AE 09591)


Collectors request, cachet by Michael Brock.


Locy Type
11-2 (n+) (USS,
FPO AE 09591)


Cachet by Dennis W. Gill. Last name of ship is misspelled "PULER".


Locy Type 12-2c
(USS, FPO AE 09591)


Collectors request, requested by Phil Schreiber.


Locy Type 12-2c(n+)
(USS, FPO AE 09591)


Collectors request, cachet by Michael Brock.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark


San Diego CA


Christening, cachet by Greg Ciesielski


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, USMC. A distinguished combat veteran of the Banana Wars, World War II and the Korean War, Puller is the most decorated individual in the history of the United States Marine Corps.
LtGen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller earned the follow awards during his distinguished career - the Navy Cross w/ four stars, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal w/ Combat "V" and one star, the Bronze Star Medal w/ Combat "V", the Air Medal w/ two stars, the Purple Heart Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon w/ 4 stars, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ 1 star, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star, the World War I Victory Medal w/ West Indies clasp, the Haitian Campaign Medal, the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Base clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 5 stars, the Haitian Médaille Militaire Medal, the Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit with Diploma, the Nicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma, the Korean Order of Military Merit, the Fulji Cordon Medal Order of the Cloud and Banner with Special Cravat, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.

USS Lewis B. Puller FFG-23 was also named after LtGen Puller.

KEEL LAYING: The keel of the Puller was authenticated by Elizabeth Glueck, the wife of Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., the commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

Christening Note: The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard with the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., as the ceremony’s principal speaker. Ms. Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller, served as the ship’s sponsor. She christened the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel’s hull.



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