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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.

    Lafayette Class Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 2 October 1961 - Launched 12 January 1963

    Commissioned 23 November 1963 - Decommissioned 3 November 1986

    Struck from Naval Register 31 December 1986
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 5 April 1994

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 Nathan Hale SSBN-623 Covers Page 1    (1963-1986)



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


Machine Cancel

Groton, CT



Launching, cachet by Dynamic Philatelic Society.


Machine Postmark

Groton, CT


Commissioning, cachet by Dynamic Philatelic Society.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lt. Nathan Hale of The Continental Army 1775-76 who stated at his execution at the hands of the British...“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”



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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