From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.

    Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship
    Keel Laid September 17 1942 as Tank Landing Ship LST-15
    Reclassified January 25 1943 as Battle Damage Repair Ship (ARB)
    Launched January 30 1943

    Commissioned August 5 1943
    Used in Atomic Bomb Tests at Bikini Atoll 1946
    Decommissioned January 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1961
    Sold July 8 1962 to Zidell Explorations Inc. Portland, OR for scrap

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 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     (1946)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett phaon arb3 19460701 pm.jpg
JonBurdett phaon arb3 19460701.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett phaon arb3 19460701 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett phaon arb3 19460701.jpg



Other Information

PHAON received three battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (Saipan, June 24 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards...
Purple Heart (2 KIA, 11 WIA, June 24 1944, Saipan)

NAMESAKE - A mythical boatman at Mitylene, who carried Aphrodite across the sea without accepting payment for which she gave him youth and beauty



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.


Copyright 2021 Naval Cover Museum