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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.

    Skipjack Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 29 May 1956 - Launched 26 May 1958

    Commissioned 15 April 1959 - Decommissioned 19 April 1990

    Struck from Naval Register 19 April 1990
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 17 March 1996

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 Skipjack SSN-585 Covers Page 1     (1958-90)



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

Unlisted Marking




Launching, signed by prospective Commanding Officer, CDR. William W. Behrens, Jr.


Machine Postmark

Groton, CT
Submarine Base Station



USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark


Norfolk, VA


Decommissioning, cacheted.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after the Skipjack Tuna.

There has been three submarines of the US Navy that have borne the name SKIPJACK - USS Skipjack (renamed USS E-1 SS-24), USS Skipjack SS-184 and USS Skipjack SSN-585.

There has been one US Coast Guard Cutter named SKIPJACK - USCGC Skipjack WPB-87353.

The ships sponsor is Helen Mahon, wife of Representative George H. Mahon from the 19th District of Texas.



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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