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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 Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 27 January 1964 - Launched 15 April 1967

    Commissioned 17 August 1968
    Inactivation Ceremony 25 October 1996 - Decommissioned 31 March 1997

    Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 31 March 1997
    Scrapping began on 15 March 2003 and was completed on 30 November 2004
    Tautog's sail was preserved and is on display at Seawolf Park in Galveston, TX

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 Tautog SSN-639 Covers Page 1    (1964-1983)



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


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Pascagoula MS



Commissioning, ships cachet.


Other Information

USS TAUTOG earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 1 bronze star, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 3 bronze stars, the Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon (4 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 3 bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal and the Arctic Service Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The Tautog, a type of wrasse. The wrasses are a family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name TAUTOG - USS Tautog SS-199 and USS Tautog SSN-639.

The ships sponsor was Pauline L. Gore, wife of United States Senator Albert Gore, Sr. (1907–1998) of Tennessee.



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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