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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.

    Virginia Class (Block III) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Naming Ceremony 23 June 2012
    Keel Laid 04 April 2016 - Christened & Launched 14 October 2017
    Delivered 24 September 2018

    Commissioned 2 February 2019

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 South Dakota SSN-790 Covers Page 1     (2016-2019)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark


Groton CT


Christening, postmark by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Dennis W. Gill


Pictorial Postmark


Groton CT


Commissioning, postmark by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Michael Brock


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the 17th state, SOUTH DAKOTA.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name SOUTH DAKOTA - USS South Dakota ACR-9, USS South Dakota BB-49 (canceled before launch), USS South Dakota BB-57
and USS South Dakota SSN-790.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired US Army General Martin Dempsey.



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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