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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.

    Simon Lake Class Submarine Tender
    Keel Laid 7 January 1963 - Launched 8 February 1964

    Commissioned 7 November 1964 - Decommissioned 31 July 1999

    Struck from Naval Register 25 April 2006
    Laid up at NISMF Portsmouth, VA. slated for disposal

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).

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  1. USS Simon Lake AS-33 Covers Page 1    (1964-99)



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
FDPS 2(n+)


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19641107 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19641107.jpg

First Day Postal Service, Cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19660922 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19660922.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19690922 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19690922.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-95a


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19780524 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19780524.jpg



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


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19900201 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19900201.jpg



Locy Type
7tn+uy (FPO 09501)


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19731209 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lewisandclark ssbn644 19731209.jpg



Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett simonlake as33 19900424 pm.jpg
JonBurdett simonlake as33 19900424.JPG



Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520231) ZIP 09536


Bunter Simon Lake AS 33 19900727 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Simon Lake AS 33 19900727 1 front.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski SimonLake AS33 19990625 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SimonLake AS33 19990625 1 Front.jpg

Inactivation Ceremony, cachet by Al Banasky


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)


GregCiesielski SimonLake AS33 19990625 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SimonLake AS33 19990625 1 Back.jpg

Inactivation Ceremony, cachet by Al Banasky


Other Information

USS SIMON LAKE earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Simon Lake (September 4 1866 - June 23 1945)
Lake competed with John Holland to build the first submarines for the U.S. Navy. Lake joined his father's foundry business after attending public schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Lake had a strong interest in undersea travel. He built his first submarine, Argonaut, in 1894 in response to an 1893 request from the Navy for a submarine torpedo boat. Neither Argonaut nor Lake's following submarine, the Protector, built in 1901, were accepted by the Navy. Protector was the first submarine to have diving planes mounted forward of the conning tower and a flat keel. Four diving planes allowed Protector to maintain depth without changing ballast levels. Protector also had a lock-out chamber for divers to leave the submarine. Lake, lacking Holland's financial backers, was unable to continue building submarines in the United States. He sold the Protector to the Russian Navy in 1904 and spent the next seven years in Europe designing submarines for the Austrian, German, and Russian navies. When he returned to the United States in 1912, he founded the Lake Torpedo Boat Company, which built 24 submarines for the U.S. Navy during and after World War I. Lake's first submarine for the U.S. Navy, G-1 set a submergence record of 256 feet in November 1912. Financial difficulties forced the Lake Torpedo Boat Company to close in the mid-1920s. Following company closure, Lake continued designing maritime salvage systems, and advised the U.S. Navy on submarine technology and maritime salvage during World War II. By his death on June 23, 1945, Lake had witnessed the submarine's arrival as a front-line weapon in the U.S. Navy



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