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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.

    Brooke Class Guided Missile Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid February 4 1963 - Launched & Christened October 15 1963

  2. Commissioned June 3 1967

  4. Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) June 30 1975
    Decommissioned September 1 1988

    Struck from Naval Register January 25 1992
    Sunk as target June 15 2000 during RIMPAC 2000 exercise

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. Ramsey Covers Page 1    (1967-88)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Machine Cancel

Seattle, Wash.



Launching, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+)


As DEG-2
First Day of Postal Service.


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DEG-2


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (FFG)


As FFG-2


Locy Type
2-1(n) (D1,FFG)


As FFG-2


Locy Type
LDPS 2t(n+u)


As FFG-2
Last Day of Postal Service.


Other Information

USS RAMSEY earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Campaign stars, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her career.

NAMESAKE - Admiral DeWitt Clinton Ramsey (October 2 1988 - September 7 1961)
During World War I, he was Inspection Officer for United States Naval Air Stations in France, and a member of the Inter-Allied Armistice Commission. During the interwar period he served as a naval aviator on various naval staffs and ships. In 1941 he became Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. During World War II, he commanded the carrier USS SARATOGA CV-3 in The Battle of Coral Sea, The Battle of Midway, and during the landings against Guadalcanal, Solomons, in August 1942. For his skillful use of airpower against Japanese naval forces in The Solomons, he received The Navy Cross. Ramsey received The Distinguished Service Medal as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics from August 1943 - June 1945, and a Gold Star as Vice Chief of Naval Operations from January 1946 - January 1948. After commanding the Pacific Fleet, he served as Commissioner of U.S. Trust Territory in the Pacific, until retiring May 1 1949.



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