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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.

    Chanticteer Class Submarine Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid February 26 1945 - Launched September 26 1945

    Commissioned September 24 1946 - Decommissioned September 30 1991

    Struck from Naval Register October 9 1991
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet
    Laid up May 1 1999 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, VA
    Towed December 5 2003 to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA.

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 does not 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    (1981-91)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 2-1(n+)
USS Simon Lake
AS 33

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-95a



The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal

NAMESAKE - A small long-winged sea bird which flies far from land



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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