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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.

    Mars Class Combat Stores Ship
    Keel Laid August 18 1962 - Launched August 15 1963

    Commissioned July 11 1964 - Decommissioned May 26 1994

    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia, PA.
    Struck from Naval Register January 5 1995
    Title transferred to Maritime Administration July 28 2001
    Laid up in Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet, James River Group, VA

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 Sylvania AFS-2 Covers Page 1     (1964-89)



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(n+)


First Day in Commission, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS,raised "S" in "AFS")




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




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




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




Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)


Last Day in Commission, Official Ships Cachet


Other Information

USS SYLVANIA earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

NAMESAKE - An astronomical body.



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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