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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.

    Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter
    Keel Laid August 3 1991 - Launched May 22 1993

  2. Placed "In Commission Special" May 12 1995 for delivery
    Commissioned September 16 1995 - Decommissioned June 30 2006

    Struck from the Navy register June 30 2006
    Laid up in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX September 30 1996

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. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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 9(n+)y

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-26


Commissioning, cachet by the Stewart M. Henry. "MEA EST VENATIO" is Latin for "MINE IS THE HUNT".


USPS 4-bar

Baltimore, MD



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


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for any of various birds in America with a highly specialized vocal apparatus - commonly referred to as "singing birds," although many among them do not sing - the Icteridae family: the males are usually bright black and yellow or orange, the females chiefly greenish or yellowish, as the Baltimore oriole and the orchard oriole.

There have been five ships of the US Navy named ORIOLE - USS Oriole (1864 River Sternwheel Steamer), USS Oriole (1895 15-gun Sloop-of-War), USS Oriole ATO 136, USS Oriole AMCU 33 and USS Oriole MHC 55.



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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