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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.

      Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine
      Keel Laid 15 January 1965 - Launched 11 November 1969

      Commissioned 25 September 1971 - Decommissioned 7 August 1998

      Struck from Naval Register 7 August 1998
      Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 April 1998
      Scrapping completed 30 August 1999

    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 Sand Lance SSN-660     (1971-1998)



    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
    Postmark Image
    Thumbnail Link
    Cover Image


    Locy Type
    FDC F


    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. S-86


    Commissioning, cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


    Locy Type F

    AT THE /

    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. S-86a


    North Pole Trip, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


    Locy Type F

    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. S-86a


    Deactivation, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


    Other Information

    Had no post office. The commissioning cancel was privately made and used on the covers of only two cachet sponsors. S-86a was originally made for the North Pole trip.
    {USCS Postmark Catalog}

    USS SAND LANCE earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, a Letter of Commendation, the Battle Efficiency "E" Awards Ribbon, Three Engineering "E" Awards, Anti-Submarine Warfare "A" Awards, Communications "C" Award and the Medical "M" Award during her Naval career.

    NAMESAKE - A fish, a member of the ammodytidae family.

    Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name SAND LANCE - USS Sand Lance SS-381 and USS Sand Lance SSN-660.

    The ships sponsor was Mrs. Thomas J. McIntyre, wife of Senator Thomas J. McIntyre, New Hampshire



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