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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.

    Wichita Class Replenishment Oiler
    Keel Laid January 19 1974 - Launched December 7 1974

    Commissioned October 30 1976 - Decommissioned October 6 1995

    Struck from Naval Register October 6 1995

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. USS Roanoke AOR-7 Covers Page 1     (1974-1995)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
Full Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n)(USS,USN)




Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS,USN)


Cachet for USCGC MUNRO WHEC-724


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-49


Collectors request. Official ships cachet.


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-49a


Merry Christmas!, cachet by Tom Armstrong
This cover is also postmarked from the USS Truxtun CGN-35, USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS California CGN-36 and the USS Sacramento AOE-1


Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USN,USS)


Independence Day, cachet by Gary Rogak


Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-49a


Last Day in Commission, cachet by USS Los Angeles Chapter No. 97, USCS


Other Information

USS ROANOKE earned the following awards during her Naval career - Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

NAMESAKE - Named after both Roanoke, Virginia and the Roanoke River.

Seven ships of the US Navy have been proposed to be named ROANOKE - USS Roanoke (7-gun Schooner 1814), USS Roanoke (Screw Frigate 1857), USS Roanoke TT-1695, USS Roanoke (renamed to Lorain (PF-93) before launching), USS Roanoke (CL-114 Cancelled), USS Roanoke CL-145, and USS Roanoke AOR-7.



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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