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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.

    Knox Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid August 25 1972 - Launched May 12 1973

    Commissioned November 2 1974

    Reclassified Frigate (FF-1097) June 30 1975

    Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT-1097) December 31 1991
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Norfolk VA December 31 1991
    Decommissioned at Mobile AL July 28 1994

  4. RASHID F-962
    Leased to Egypt July 28 1994
    Sold to Egypt March 25 1998


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 MOINESTER FF-1097 Page 1    (1990)
  2. USS MOINESTER FFT-1097 Page 1    (1994)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
FDC 2-1(n)


Commissioning, cachet by the USS America Chapter No. 71, USCS


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS)


As FF-1097


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-97


As FF-1097


Locy Type


PNS Tippu Sultan D-168 (ex- USS Damato DD-871) visits Norfolk VA, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

Named in Honor of Lieutenant (jg) Robert William Moinester USNR (July 15 1943 - January 31 1968) When the TET offensive began on January 1 1968 during the Vietnam War, Lt. Moinester was attached to HUE DETACHMENT, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV. On January 31 he had organized his men into house-to-house searching detail in Hue, Danang Province, South Vietnam, where they came under hostile fire by a heavily entrenched enemy force. Lt. Moinester was killed outright. For his actions on that day he was awarded the Silver Star.



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