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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.

    Powhatan Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid September 30 1976 - Launched June 24 1978
    Christened October 28 1978 - Delivered to USN June 15 1979

    Placed In Service June 15 1979 - Placed Out of Service February 26 1999

    Leased for commercial to DONJON Marine Co., Inc., (subject recall by the Navy)
    Struck from the Naval Register February 25 2008

  2. TCG INEBOLU A-590
    Sold to Turkey, Commissioned and renamed February 26 2008
Powhaten TATF166 Crest.jpg

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    (1979)



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

USS Truckee


GregCiesielski Truckee AO147 19791227 1 Front.jpg


Welcome to Norfolk cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USNS POWHATAN earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

NAMESAKE - Named in honor of Powhatan (1550–1618), an Indian chief in tidewater Virginia; the father of Pocahontas.

Six ships of the US Navy have been named POWHATAN - USS Powhatan (Sidewheel Steam Frigate 1850), USS Powhatan (Sidewheel Gunboat 1861), USS Powhatan (Tugboat 1898), USS Powhatan ID #3013, USS Powhatan YTM-128 and USNS Powhatan T-ATF-166.



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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