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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.

    Reliance Class 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter
    Keel Laid - Launched

    Commissioned 1968 - Decommissioned for MMA 22 May 1992
    Recommissioned (Special) 11 February 1994

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. USCGC Steadfast WMEC-623 Covers Page 1     (2009)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


Decommissioning for MMA, ships cachet. From the John Young collection.


USPS Pictorial


Warrenton OR



Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Oregon, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Pictorial

"National Convention
USCS Station"

Portland OR



USCS Convention, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Pictorial

"Anniversary Station"

Astoria OR



225th Anniversary of the USCG, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

History - Since commissioning in 1968, STEADFAST has completed over 330 Search and Rescue cases, interdicted over 1.6 million pounds of marijuana and 27,700 pounds of cocaine, seized over 65 vessels, and stopped over 3500 undocumented migrants on the high seas from entering the United States. STEADFAST was the first, and is one of only two cutters awarded the gold marijuana leaf, symbolizing one million pounds of marijuana seized. Legend holds STEADFAST was named "El Tiburon Blanco" (Spanish for "The White Shark") by Colombian drug smugglers in the 1970's for being such a nemesis to their illegal drug operations.

One ship of the US Navy and one cutter of the US Coast Guard have borne the name STEADFAST - Steadfast AFDM-14 and USCGC Steadfast WMEC-623.



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