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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.

    Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid January 15 1968
    Launched October 19 1968 as Attack Cargo Ship (AKA)
    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969

    Commissioned September 29 1969 - Decommissioned February 4 1994
    Assigned to Military Sealift Command (MSC) 1994
    Placed In Service February 1 1996
    Moved to Sparrows Pt. MD. for conversion
    Conversion canceled and Placed Out of Service November 1 1996

    Laid up at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA

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     (1968-94)



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

Post Office Established September 20 1969 - Disestablished February 4 1994


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) Sep 20, 1969


Commissioning. Cachet states AKA-115 in error. Cachet by USS Cleveland Chapter No. 25, USCS


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) Sep 20, 1969


Commissioning. Cachet states LKA-115 correctly. Cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Official Business


Locy Type


Official Business


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+) Feb 4, 1994




Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u)




Other Information

MOBILE earned four Campaign Stars for Vietnam Service
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
July 23-26 1970
August 9-12 1970
September 8-10 1970
September 12-14 1970
September 19-23 1970
April 15-18 1971
* Consolidation I
October 30 to November 3 1971
November 17-19 1971
* Consolidation II
January 17-22 1972
February 6-20 1972
* Vietnam Ceasefire
March 30 to April 3 1972
April 8 to May 27 1972
June 14-16 1972
June 19-21 1972
June 24 to July 15 1972

MOBILE earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, three Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 4 Campaign stars), the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A city in the southwestern part of Alabama, located at the mouth of the Mobile River and at the head of Mobile Bay.

There has been four ships of the US Navy named MOBILE - USS Mobile (Side-wheel Steamer 1863), USS Mobile ID-4030, USS Mobile CL-63 and USS Mobile LKA-115.



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