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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 November 28 1969 - Launched June 4 1971

    Commissioned May 5 1972 - Decommissioned July 22 1994

    Struck from Naval Register July 22 1994
    Disposed of through NPSSRP October 1 2001

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. USS Silversides SSN-679 Covers Page 1    (1971-79)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine Postmark

Groton, CT
Submarine Base Station


Commissioning, cachet by USS Nathan Hale Chapter No. 68, USCS



c. 1989


R/S Official Ships Crest cachet


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A small fish marked with a silvery stripe along each side of its body.

Three submarines of the US Navy have borne the name SILVERSIDES - USS Silversides SS-236, USS Silversides SSN-679 and USS Silversides SSN-807.



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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