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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 Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 10 December 1970 - Launched 13 January 1973

    Commissioned 26 January 1974 - Decommissioned 20 October 2004

    Struck from Naval Register 20 October 2004
    Scrapping completed on 30 November 2006
    Sail is on display at the Downtown Waterfront Park, Bremerton WA

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 Parch SSN-683 Covers Page 1     (1973-2005)



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

Anniversary Station"

Pascagoula, MS


30th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS PARCHE earned nine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbons, ten Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, fifteen Battle "E" ribbons, thirteen Navy Expeditionary Medals, 3 National Defense Service Medals and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon during her 31 year Naval career.
USS PARCH also displayed on her sail, 10 Red/Green Navigational Excellence "N's", nine red Damage Control "DC's", eight white Tactical Efficiency "T's", eight yellow Medical Excellence "M's", seven red Engineering Excellence "E's", seven green Communication Excellence "C's", seven blue Supply Excellence "E's", and six Silver Anchor Awards,

NAMESAKE - A small, gorgeously colored butterfly fish, known for its uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs. The fish can find its way through the most intricate passages by swimming upside down or on its side.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Philip A. Beshany, wife of Adm. Beshany.



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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