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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.

    George Washington Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 27 May 1958 - Launched 22 September 1959

    Commissioned 11 April 1960

    Reclassified Attack Submarine (Nuclear) (SSN) 24 October 1981
    Decommissioned 25 May 1984

    Struck from Naval Register 16 December 1985
    Disposed of through NPSSRP - Scrapping completed 1 July 1997

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 Patrick Henry SSBN-599 Covers Page 1     (1959-1969)
  2. USS Patrick Henry SSBN/SSN-599 Covers Page 2     (1970-2010)



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

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Close-Up Image
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USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial

"50th Anniversary /

Groton CT


50th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Pictorial

"50th Anniversary of /
1st Polaris Firing Station"

Cape Canaveral FL


50th Anniversary of 1st Polaris Missile Firing, cachet by Dieter Lange


USPS Pictorial

"50th Anniversary of /
1st Deterrent Patrol Station"

Charleston SC


50th Anniversary of 1st Deterrent Patrol, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)
Henry was licensed to practice law in 1760 and became an immediate success. On May 20 1765 he became a member of the House of Burgesses, defending the western and northern counties against the tidewater region. He was the leader of a new party between 1765 and 1770, thereafter consolidating the opposition to Great Britian. Chosen delegate to the first Continental Congress, he supported radical, nationalistic measures. On March 20 1775, at an assembly meeting in Richmond, he uttered his famous saying "Give me liberty, or give me death." In May 1776 he was elected Governor of Virginia and twice reelected. He was Governor again 1784–86. He died at Red Hill Plantation, Charlotte Co., Va., 1799.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Leslie E. Arends, wife of Congressman Leslie C. Arends of Illinois.

Besides the USS PATRICK HENRY SSN-599, there was a ship of the Confederate Navy named CSS PATRICK HENRY (Gunboat 1861)
In 1941, the first Liberty ship, SS PATRICK HENRY was launched.



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