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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid March 19 1945 - Launched June 21 1945

    Commissioned October 3 1945 - Decommissioned July 28 1992

    Struck from Naval Register February 14 1995
    Transferred December 29 1997 to Maritime Administration for disposal
Papago ATF160 Crest.jpg

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 F

USCS Catalog


JonBurdett papago atf160 19511018 pm.jpg
JonBurdett papago atf160 19511018.jpg



Locy Type
2 (n+) (USS)



GregCiesielski Arneb AKA56 19710514 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Greetings from Norfolk, VA. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)



GregCiesielski Papago ATF160 19920728 1 Front.jpg

No Image



Other Information

PAPAGO received the following awards during her Naval career: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2).

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe of the Piman family, formerly dwelling south and southeast of the Gila River in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.



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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