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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.

    ARD-2 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock
    Keel Laid 22 September 1941 - Launched 12 March 1942

  1. USS ARD-5
  2. Commissioned 3 July 1943 - Placed out of commission 30 August 1946

  3. ARD-5
  4. Placed in service 30 August 1946

  6. Named in 1976
    Placed out of service 9 September 1997
    Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1997
    Sold to Chile 10 March 1999

  7. TALCAHUANO (Chilean Naval Service)
  8. Renamed 30 August 1999


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. Covers Page 1     (1969-87)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


As ARD-5


Machine Cancel

Groton CT





Machine Postmark

Groton, CT
Submarine Base Station


As Waterford


Machine Cancel

New London, CT



Waterford ARD-5


Other Information

USS ARD / WATERFORD earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A town in Connecticut.



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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