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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.

    Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 10 August 1963 - Launched 26 February 1966

    Commissioned 3 March 1967 - Decommissioned 1 August 1994

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1994
    Disposed by the NPSSR Program 11 December 1995

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 Sturgeon SSN-637 Covers Page 1    (1963-1994)



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



USPO Duplex

Groton CT



Keel Laying. Cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

USS STURGEON earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards) and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A large, bony-plated fish with an elongated body. It is found in both fresh and salt water, especially in the North Temperate Zone, and is an important source of caviar and isinglass.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name STURGEON - USS Sturgeon SS-25, USS Sturgeon SS-187 and USS Sturgeon SSN-637.

One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name STURGEON - USCGC Sturgeon WPB-87336

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Everett Dirksen, the wife of United States Senator Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) of Illinois.



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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