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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.

    AFDM-3 Class Medium Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock
    Keel Laid (date unknown) as Yard Floating Dock YFD-21

  1. USS YFD-21
    Completed 17 February 1943

  2. USS AFDM-5
    Redesignated Auxiliary Floating Dock Medium (AFDM) 24 August 1946
    Placed out of Service 1 July 1971

  3. AFDM-5
    Placed in service (Date Unknown)

    Named RESOURCEFUL 7 June 1979
    Placed out of Service 22 August 1997

    Struck from the Naval Register 22 August 1997
    Transferred to a Local Redevelopment Agency in the Philippines 6 April 1999
    Sold to Malayan Towage and Salvage Corp. (Date Unknown)
    Current Disposition, active at Subic Bay

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. Resourceful AFDM-5 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
Branch 13933
Luzon, Philippine Islands




Other Information

USS YFD-21 / USS AFDM-5 / RESOURCEFUL AFDM-5 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.



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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