SEMMES DDG 18

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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.

    Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 18 1960 - Launched May 20 1961
     
  1. USS SEMMES DDG-18
    Commissioned December 10 1962
    Decommissioned September 12 1991

    Stricken January 11 1995

  2. KIMON D-213 (Greek Naval Service)
    Transferred to Greece September 13 1991
    Decommissioned by Greece June 17 2004
    In reserve at Souda Bay, Crete
Semmes DDG18 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Semmes DDG-18 Covers Page 1    (1962-91)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"First Day In /
Commission"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32

1962-12-10

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19621210 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19621210 1 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, cachet by Morris W. Beck


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"First Day In /
Commission"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32

1962-12-10

JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19630425 pm-2.jpg
JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19630425.jpg

First Day in Commission device used as cachet


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1963-04-25

JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19630425 pm.jpg
JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19630425.jpg

First Day in Commission device used as cachet


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1968-06-23

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19680623 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19680623 1 Front.jpg

Cachet for "Kieler Woche" ("Kiel Week", a event similar to Fleet Week in NY), serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u) (D2,USS)

1977-12-10

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19771210 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19771210 1 Postmark.jpg

Ship's Cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32b

1985-08-13

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19850813 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19850813 1 Front.jpg

Ship's Cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32b

1986-05-13

JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19860513 pm.jpg
JonBurdett semmes ddg18 19860513.jpg

Note:


 

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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32b

1987-12-10

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19871210 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19871210 1 Front.jpg

Ship's Cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32c

1987-12-07

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19871207 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19871207 1 Front.jpg

Pearl Harbor Cachet by Herbert C. Gordon


 

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

1968-06-23

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19680623 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19680623 1 Front.jpg

Cachet for "Kieler Woche" ("Kiel Week", a event similar to Fleet Week in NY), serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type F

"Tall Ships '82"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-8

1982-06-17

Bunter Semmes DDG 18 19820617 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Semmes DDG 18 19820617 1 front.jpg

Port Visit, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32c

1991-09-12

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19910912 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19910912 1 Front.jpg

Last Day in Commission. Ship's Cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-32f

1991-09-12

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19910912 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19910912 1 Front.jpg

Last Day in Commission. Ship's Cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler




 

German postmark

1977-06-18

GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19770618 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Semmes DDG18 19770618 1 Postmark.jpg

Ship's Cachet for "Kieler Woche" ("Kiel Week", a event similar to Fleet Week in NY), serviced by Wolfgang Hechler

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes USN (1809-1877)
Semmes was an officer in the United States Navy from 1826 to 1860 and the Confederate States Navy from 1860 to 1865. During the American Civil War he was Captain of the famous commerce raider CSS ALABAMA, taking a record fifty-five prizes. Late in the war he was promoted to Admiral and also served briefly as a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army.

 


 

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