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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.

    Pigeon Class Submarine Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid July 17 1968 - Launched August 13 1969

    Commissioned April 28 1973 - Decommissioned August 31 1992

    Struck from Naval Register August 31 1992
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
    Transferred December 18 1998 to Maritime Administration for disposal
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 23 2002
    In use as Non-operational Training Platform at Naval Station San Diego

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     (DATE RANGE)



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


4-bar Postmark

San Francisco, CA


JohnGermann Pigeon ASR21 19730428 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - National Defense Service Medal (2)

NAMESAKE - A bird of stout body; short legs; and smooth compact plumage



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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