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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.

    Tang Class (Diesel Fast Attack) Submarine
    Keel Laid April 18 1949 - Launched June 19 1951

  1. USS TANG SS-563
  2. Commissioned October 25 1951

  3. USS TANG AGSS-563
  4. Redesignated Auxiliary Miscellaneous Submarine (AGSS) 1972

  5. USS TANG SS-563
  6. Reverted back to (SS) 1978 - Decommissioned February 8 1980
    Struck from the Naval Registry August 6 1987

  7. TCG PIRIREIS S-343 (Turkish Naval Service)
  8. Leased to the Republic of Turkey and Commissioned February 8 1980
    Sold to Turkey on August 17 1987 - Decommissioned August 2004


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     (DATE RANGE)



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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-36


Last Day in Commission, cachet by USS Nathan Hale Chapter No. 68, USCS


USPO Machine

Honolulu HI


Add-on cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Machine Cancel

Kahului HI



Commemorating the visit between USS COUCAL and USS Tang AGSS-563. Cachet by Glenn L. Smith


Other Information

USS TANG was awarded 4 battle stars for her service in Vietnam.



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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