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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.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIa) Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 14 May 2009 - Christened 5 June 2010
    Launched 6 June 2010

    Commissioned 1 October 2011

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 Spruance DDG-111 Covers Page 1     (2009-11)



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 To
Cover Image


Locy Type FDC 2-2n
(USS,FPO AP 96678-1203)


Commissioning, cachet by Richard Hoffner


Locy Type FDC 12-2n
(USS,FPO AP 96678-1203)


Commissioning, cachet by Richard Hoffner


Locy Type 2-2(n+)
(USS,FPO AP 96678-1203)


Portland Rose Festival, cachet by Michael Brock


Locy Type 11-2n
(USS,FPO AP 96678)


Collectors request, requested by Ray Younkins. Manufacturer error in postmark, DGG vs. DDG.


Locy Type 12-2(n)
(USS,FPO AP 96678-1203)


Portland Rose Festival, cachet by Michael Brock


Locy Type 12-2cn
(USS,FPO AP 96678)


On piece, from the Richard F. Hoffner collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial


Key West FL


Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance, USN (July 3 1886 - December 13 1969)
Spruance was a United States Navy admiral in World War II, and commanded US naval forces at the turning point of the Pacific War, the Battle of Midway. After that battle, Spruance went on to command naval forces successfully throughout the course of the war, and later served as American ambassador to the Philippines.

Admiral Spruance military awards are - The Navy Cross, The Navy Distinguished Service Medal with two gold stars, The Army Distinguished Service Medal, The Navy Commendation Medal, The Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, The World War I Victory Medal with "OVERSEAS" clasp, The American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp, The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eight campaign stars, The World War II Victory Medal, The Navy Occupation Medal with "ASIA" clasp and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (Companion grade, UK).

Two ships of the US Navy have been named after the Admiral - USS Spruance DD-963 (lead ship of the Spruance class of destroyers) and USS Spruance DDG-111.

The ships sponsor is Ellen Spruance Holscher, Admiral Spruance's granddaughter.



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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