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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.

    Skate Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 25 January 1956 - Launched 27 August 1957

    Commissioned 15 September 1958 - Decommissioned 2 June 1989

    Struck from Naval Register 17 January 1990
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 11 September 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 Swordfish SSN-579 Covers Page 1    (1956-1989)



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


Locy Type
LDC 2-1n




Other Information

USS SWORDFISH earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (4 awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Battle "E" Ribbon (6 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 awards) and the Vietnam Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A large fish with a long, swordlike beak and a high dorsal fin.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Eugene C. Riders, widow of the late Commander Keats E. Montross, USN, CO of USS Swordfish SS-193 when she was lost to enemy action during WWII.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SWORDFISH - USS Swordfish SS-193 and USS Swordfish SSN-579.

One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name SWORDFISH - USCGC Swordfish WPB-87358



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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