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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.

    Sturgeon Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid January 17 1966 - Launched September 9 1967

    Commissioned July 12 1969 - Decommissioned January 31 2000
    Scheduled to be preserved as a museum in Newport Kentucky in 2007
    The only U.S. Navy nuclear powered submarine on display open to the public

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 Narwhal SSN-671 Covers Page 1     (1969-2000)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Pictorial Postmark

Ceremony Station"

Norfolk, VA


Deactivation Ceremony, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS NARWHAL earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (4 awards) and the Battle Efficiency ("E") Ribbon (5 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the gray and white arctic whale which averages 20 feet in length. The male has a long, twisted ivory tusk of commercial value.

The ships sponsor was Vice Admiral Glynn R. Donaho, USN

Three submarines of the US Navy have borne the name NARWHAL - USS Narwhal renamed USS D-1 SS-17, USS Narwhal SS-167 and USS Narwhal SSN-671.
One Cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name NARWHAL - USCGC Narwhal WPB-87335



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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