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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.

    Robert D. Conrad Class Oceanographic Research Ship
    Keel Laid January 19 1961 - Launched May 26 1962
    Delivered to the Navy November 29 1962

    Placed in service by MSC November 1962
    Placed out of service October 4 1989

    Struck from the Naval Register October 4 1989 - Scrapped April 27 2004
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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. Covers Page 1     (1963)



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

Date From
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Boston MA


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4th Dive to find the USS Thresher SSN-593. Other ships involved include USS Fort Snelling LSD-30, USS Preserver ARS-8 and USNS Robert D. Conrad T-AGOR-3.
Cachet has incorrect name for the USNS Robert D. Conrad.


Other Information

USNS Robert D. Conrad earned the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Robert Dexter Conrad, born on 20 March 1905 in Orange, Mass., graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign in June 1927. Following duty in FLORIDA (BB-30), he attended the Postgraduate School at Annapolis and earned a Master of Science degree in naval architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1932. Then ordered to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard, he served there until the fall of 1933 when he took a leave of absence to study at Cambridge University, England. Returning to the United States, he served in the Design and Construction Division and in the Research and Information Section of the Bureau of Construction and Repair; then, from August 1937 to June 1939, at the Experimental Model Basin at Washington. Duty at Mare Island followed and in November 1940 he was appointed Assistant Naval Attaché, later Special Naval Observer, at the American Embassy, London.
    In January 1942 he returned to Washington. Initially in the Bureau of Ships, he became Head of the Progress and Planning Section in the Office of the Coordinator of Research and Development, Office of the Secretary of the Navy in April and remained in that post until May 1945. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work during that period. After the end of the war in Europe, Captain Conrad continued his research work through many organizational changes, and was eventually designated Director of the Planning Division, Office of Research and Inventions, later the Office of Naval Research. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work both during and after the Second World War. Captain Conrad retired in 1947 and died at New York on 26 July 1949.
   The Navy's top scientific award, an annual award to the individual making an outstanding contribution in naval research and development bears Captain Conrad's name. {DANFS}



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