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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.

    George Washington Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Initially unnamed and assigned hull classification symbol SSGN 600
    Keel Laid 20 May 1958 as Attack Submarine (Nuclear) SCAMP SSN 588
    Renamed and redesignated Ballistic Missile Submarine SSBN 600 6 November 1958
    Launched 3 October 1959

  2. Commissioned 13 February 1961 - Decommissioned 28 February 1981

    Struck from Naval Register 1 December 1982
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 24 March 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 Theodore Roosevelt SSBN-600 Covers Page 1    (1959-1981)



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 7

USS Proteus
AS 19



Official Ship cachet


Other Information

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT earned the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (27 October 1858 – 6 January 1919)
   Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States (1901–1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, and his "cowboy" image and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.
   The Spanish–American War broke out while Roosevelt was running the Department of the Navy. He promptly resigned and led a small regiment in Cuba known as the Rough Riders, earning a nomination for the Medal of Honor, which was received posthumously on his behalf on 16 January 2001.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (12 February 1884 – 20 February 1980), daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN-600 and USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71.



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