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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.

    Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate
    Keel Laid March 19 1943 as Patrol Gunboat PG-142
    Reclassified Patrol Frigate (PF) April 15 1943
    Launched May 5 1943

    Commissioned September 8 1943 - Decommissioned July 12 1945

  2. EK-2 (Soviet Naval Service)
    Leased to the Soviet Union July 12 1945 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. custody at Yokosuka, Japan 1949

  3. JDS SHII PF-17 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Loaned to Japan November 30 1953 and renamed

  4. JDS SHII PF-297
    Redesignated September 1 1957
    Name LONG BEACH canceled February 15 1957 to be assigned to CGN-9

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1961
    Transferred outright to Japan August 28 1962
    Was to be decommissioned January 1967

  5. JDS YAS-44
    Reclassified Auxiliary Service Craft March 31 1967
    Decommissioned March 31 1968

    Returned to U.S. custody July 12 1971
    Fate unknown
LongBeach PF34 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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

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


Locy Type


GregCiesielski LongBeach PF34 19441017 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski LongBeach PF34 19441017 1 Front.jpg

Censored Sailor's mail


Other Information

LONG BEACH received four battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Cities in California and New York

There has been three ships of the US Navy named LONG BEACH - USS Long Beach AK 9, USS Long Beach PF 34 and USS Long Beach CGN 9.



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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