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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.

    Ness Class Combat Stores Ship
  1. RFA LYNESS A-339
    Keel Laid April 1 1965 - Launched April 1 1966
    Commissioned December 22 1966 - Decommissioned January 17 1981

    Sirius Class Combat Stores Ship
    Purchased by US Navy January 1 1981
    Renamed & Placed in Service January 18 1981
    Placed out of Service July 1 2005

    Struck from the Naval Register July 1 2005
    Transferred to MARAD

    Custody assigned to the Texas Maritime Academy to serve as training ship 2005
    Conversion to a school ship canceled,
        custody returned to MARAD January 14 2009

    Downgraded to non-retention April 28 2009
    Final Disposition, awaiting disposal
Sirius TAFS8 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1     (1981)



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

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


Locy Type

Thomas C. Hart


GregCiesielski ThomasCHart FF1092 19810117 1 Front.jpg


Last Day in Service as RFA LYNESS A-339, renamed USNS SIRIUS T-AFS-8, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USNS SIRIUS earned three (3) Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, two (2) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons, three (3) Navy Expeditionary Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, five (5) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A star of the constellation Canis Major that is the brightest star in the heavens, also called the "Dog Star".

There has been three ships in the US Navy named SIRIUS - USS Sirius AK-15, USS Sirius AF-60 and USNS Sirius T-AFS-8.



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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