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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 Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 30 April 2007 - Launched 21 February 2008
    Christened 21 June 2008

    Commissioned 25 October 2008

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 New Hampshire SSN-778 Covers Page 1     (2007-2019)



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


Locy Type FDC F

FPO AE 09579-2302


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

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"Christening Sta."

Groton CT


Christening, cachet by William E. Lowe


Pictorial Postmark

Celebration Station"

Portsmouth NH


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


Pictorial Postmark

"10th Anniversary Sta."

Portsmouth NH


Commissioning, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Mike Kleintank


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after the Granite State - New Hampshire.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name NEW HAMPSHIRE - USS New Hampshire (1864), Renamed USS Granite State in 1904, USS New Hampshire BB-25,
USS New Hampshire (BB-70) Authorized 1940 Cancelled 1943, (before her keel was laid) and USS New Hampshire SSN-778.

The ship's sponsor is Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the widow of Thomas McGuinness, co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks when the jet was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.



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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