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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.

    Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid March 12 1969 - Launched July 11 1970

    Commissioned March 27 1971 - Decommissioned September 30 1999

    Struck from Naval Register September 30 1999

  2. HSU-HAI LSD-193 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to the Republic of China September 30 1999 and renamed
    Commissioned into the Republic of China Navy June 2000

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     (1971-82)



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 2(n+)


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)




Locy Type
9f(n+u) (USS)


New Year's Eve


USPS Pictorial

"Decommissioning Station"

Norfolk, VA


Decommissioning Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

PENSACOLA earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Nato Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

NAMESAKE - A bay and city in Escambia County, Fla.

There have been four ships of the US Navy named PENSACOLA - USS Pensacola (Screw Steamer 1859), USS Pensacola AG-13, USS Pensacola CA-24 and USS Pensacola LSD-38.



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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