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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.

    Virginia Class (Block III) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Naming ceremony by SecNav Ray Mabus 7 February 2013
    Keel Authenticated 22 November 2014 - Christening 5 March 2016
    Launched 13 April 2016

    Commissioned 7 October 2017

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 Washington SSN-787 Covers Page 1     (2015-2020)



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
Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

"Christening Ceremony

Newport News VA


Christening, cachet by the Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning Sta.

Norfolk VA


Commissioning, cachet by Mike Brock


Pictorial Postmark

Day Station

Olympia WA


Commissioning, cachet by Dennis W. Gill


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the state of WASHINGTON.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name WASHINGTON - USS Washington ACR-11, USS Washington BB-47 (Never completed), USS Washington BB-56
and USS Washington SSN-787.

The ships sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.



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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