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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.

    Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock
    Keel Laid November 19 1960 - Launched September 15 1962

    Commissioned May 11 1963 - Decommissioned March 31 1992

    Struck from Naval Register April 8 1997

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 Vancouver LPD-2 Covers Page 1    (1976)



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
FDC 2(n+)


Commissioning, cachet by Morris W. Beck.


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


200th anniversary of Pacific Explorations, cachet by the USS San Diego Chapter No. 27, USCS. Contributed by Tom Kean.


Locy Type
2-1n (USS,USN,"NAVV")




Locy Type


Also postmarked with a Locy Type 2(n+)(USS)


Other Information

USS VANCOUVER received the following awards during her Naval career - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (10) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Vancouver, Washington.



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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