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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 Attack Submarine
    Construction began February 2008 - Named "MINNESOTA SSN 783" 15 July 2008
    Keel Laid 20 May 2011 - Christened 27 October 2012
    Launched 3 November 2012 - Delivered to the US Navy 6 June 2013

  2. Commissioned 7 September 2013

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 Minnesota SSN-783 Covers Page 1     (2011-2021)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

Keel Laying
Ceremony Station

Newport News VA


Keel Laying, cachetmaker - Unknown


Pictorial Postmark

Christening Station

Newport News VA


Christening, cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


Pictorial Postmark

Commissioning Sta.

Norfolk VA


Commissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Pictorial Postmark

"5th Anniversary Sta."

Norfolk VA


5th Anniversary of Commissioning, postmark by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Dennis W. Gill


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the territory, and later state, of Minnesota.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name MINNESOTA - USS Minnesota (1855 Steam Frigate), USS Minnesota BB-22 and USS Minnesota SSN-783.

The ships sponsor is Ellen Roughead, wife of Admiral Gary Roughead, USN, 29th Chief of Naval Operations.



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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