PONCE AFSB(I) 15

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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.

    Trenton Class Amphibious Transport Dock
    Keel Laid 31 October 1966 - Launched 20 May 1970

  1. USS PONCE LPD 15
    Commissioned 10 July 1971 - Decommissioned 31 March 2012

  2. USS PONCE AFSB(I) 15
    Reconfigured and Redesignated 1 June 2012
    Decommissioned 14 October 2017
Ponce LPD15 2 Crest.jpg
Ponce AFSBI15 3 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Ponce AFSB(I)-15 / LPD-15 Covers Page 1     (1971-2017)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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USS PONCE LPD-15


 

Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)(USS)

1971-07-10

JonBurdett ponce lpd15 19710710 pm.jpg
JonBurdett ponce lpd15 19710710.jpg

First Day in Commission, Cachet by Frederick Karcher


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1978-05-20

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780708 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780708 1 Front.jpg

70th Anniversary of Navy Post Offices, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

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

1978-05-20

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780520 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780520 1 Front.jpg

Armed Forces Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
2-2n+(USS,
FPO AE / 09582-1717)

2005-11-10

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20051110 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20051110 1 Front.jpg

Collectors request, Ships cachet, requested by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u)

1972-07-10

JonBurdett ponce lpd15 19710710 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett ponce lpd15 19710710.jpg

First Day in Commission - First Anniversary, Cachet by Frederick Karcher


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1978-07-08

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780708 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 19780708 1 Front.jpg

70th Anniversary of Navy Post Offices, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS)

1990-03-26

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 1990326 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 1990326 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Roger Wentworth


 

Locy Type
9-2n+(USS,
FPO AE / 09582-1717)

2005-11-10

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20051110 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20051110 1 Front.jpg

Collectors request, Ships cachet, requested by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type
11-2n (USS,
FPO AE 09582-1717)

2007-07-25

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20070725 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20070725 1 Front.jpg

Collectors request, Ships cachet (on piece), requested by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-12-05

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20081205 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20081205 1 Front.jpg

Collector's Request. Great White Fleet 100th Anniversary.


 

Locy Type
LDC 12-2cn
(USS,FPO AE 09582-1717)

2012-03-31

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20120331 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20120331 1 Front.jpg

Last Day in Commission, cacheted.
Although scheduled for decommissioning, USS Ponce was requested to retrofit to a staging base for mine countermeasures helicopters and ships/boats. The ship is now operated jointly by active-duty Navy officers and sailors, as well as being crewed by government civilian mariners from Military Sealift Command.



USPS Cover for USS PONCE LPD-15


 

USPS 4-bar

Norfolk VA

2012-03-30

GregCiesielski Ponce LPD15 20120330 1 Front.jpg

N/A

Last Day in Commission, cacheted by William Everett



USS PONCE AFSB(I)-15


 

Locy Type
11-2an
(USS,FPO AE 09582-1717)

2014-01-02

GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20140102 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20140102 1 Front.jpg

Collectors Request by Richard Hoffner


 

Locy Type F

(Type 11-2any
(Unit 100235 Box 1)
(USS,FPO AE 09582)

2016-07-10

GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 1 Front.jpg

35th Anniversary, cachet by Richard Hoffner. ERROR - The (I) is mistakenly made as (T) in the hull designation.


 

Locy Type F

(11-2any
(Unit 100235 Box 1)
(USS,FPO AE 09582)

2016-07-10

GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 2 Front.jpg

Collectors request by Elgin Sink. FREE Mail. ERROR - The (I) is mistakenly made as (T) in the hull designation.


 

Locy Type
11-2any
(Unit 100235 Box 1)
(USS,FPO AE 09582)

2016-07-10

GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 2 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I) 20160710 2 Front.jpg

Collectors request by Elgin Sink.
Backside showing the ships address. Notice the use of "PURSER", this is because the ship is operated jointly between the US Navy and the Military Sealift Command.



USPS Cover for USS PONCE AFSB(I)-15


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"DECOMMISSIONING /
STATION"

Norfolk VA

2017-10-14

GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I)15 20171014 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ponce AFSB(I)15 20171014 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Dennis W. Gill

 

Other Information

USS PONCE LPD-15 has earned the following awards - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - A city in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, discoverer of Florida, first governor of Puerto Rico.

The ships sponsor is Florence W. Hyland, the wife of Admiral John J. Hyland.

 


 

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