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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.

    Virginia Class (Block IV) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Naming Ceremony 8 November 2015
    Keel Authentication Ceremony 11 December 2020 - Launched TBD
    Christened 6 May 2023

  2. Commissioned TBD

“For Country”

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 Massachusetts SSN-798 Covers Page 1    (Date)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Type 12 Cancel

Newport News VA



Keel Laying Ceremony, cachet by Richard D. Jones.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ten ships of the United States Navy and United States Revenue Cutter Service have borne the name MASSACHUSETTS - USRC Massachusetts (1791, Topsail Schooner),
USRC Massachusetts II (1793, Sloop), USS Massachusetts (1845, Wooden Steamer), USS Massachusetts (1860, Iron Screw Steamer), USS Massachusetts (1869, Monitor),
USS Massachusetts BB-2, USS Massachusetts (1917, Minelayer), USS Massachusetts (BB-54, Cancelled 1923), USS Massachusetts BB-59 and USS Massachusetts SSN-798.

The ships sponsor is Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.



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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