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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.

    Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship
    Keel Laid 30 December 1966 - Launched 23 January 1968

    Commissioned 11 July 1970 - Decommissioned 25 September 1998

    Placed in Service 1 October 1998
    Placed out of Service 3 August 2005

    Struck from the Naval Register 3 August 2005
    Scrapping contract awarded 9 November 2006

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 Santa Barbara AE-28 Covers Page 1    (1972)



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

1st Commissioning 11 July 1970 to 25 September 1998


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS)


Commissioning, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
FDC 9ef(n+u) (USS)


Commissioning, cachet by Frederick L. Karcher


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


Sailor's Mail


Locy Type
9f(n+u) (USS)


Cachet by Joseph E. Hogan. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

SANTA BARBARA earned two (2) Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, four (4) Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 1 Campaign star), two (2) Southwest Asia Service Medals, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A seaside resort and residential city in southwestern California.

Three ships of the us Navy have been named SANTA BARBARA - USS Santa Barbara SP-4522, USS Santa Barbara Launch No. 164 and USS Santa Barbara AE-28.



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