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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.

    Suribachi Class Ammunition Ship
    Keel Laid January 31 1955 - Launched November 2 1955

    Commissioned November 17 1956 - Decommissioned December 2 1994

    Struck from Naval Register December 12 1996
    Sold June 8 2009 for scrap
Suribachi AE21 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1    (1956-89)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2t(n+u)


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19561117 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19561117.jpg

First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19701017 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19701017.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19580312 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19580312.JPG



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-72


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19610303-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19610303-1.jpg



Locy Type
2-1(n+) (A,USS)


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19800626 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19800626.jpg



Locy Type
2-1(n+) (B,USS)


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19890426 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19890426.jpg



Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19701017 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett suribachi ae21 19701017.jpg



Locy Type

"Last Day /
In /

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-72b


GregCiesielski Suribachi AE21 19941202 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Suribachi AE21 19941202 1 Front.jpg

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


Other Information

SURIBACHI earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (5) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 1 Campaign star) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

NAMESAKE - An extinct volcano on the southern tip of Iwo Jima in the Bonin-Volcano Islands. The beaches at the foot of the mountain were the sites of the marine assault on 19 February 1945. The crest of Mt. Suribachi was the scene of the 23 February 1945 flag raising immortalized in the picture taken by the Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal.



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