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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.

    Mars Class Combat Stores Ship
    Keel Laid October 2 1965 - Launched July 27 1966

    Commissioned November 23 1968 - Decommissioned April 4 1993
    Assigned to MSC April 4 1993

    Placed In Service April 4 1993 - Out of Service April 17 1995

    Struck from Naval Register August 24 1995
    Sunk as target July 8 2002 during "RIMPAC 2002"
WhitePlains AFS4 Crest.jpg

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     (1968-93)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19681123-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19681123-1.jpg

First Day in Commission


Locy Type


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19731227 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19731227.jpg



Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19771011 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19771011.jpg



Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19790828 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19790828.jpg

Listed as Type 2-1(n) in USCS Catalog - Clearly this is a Type 2-1(n+)


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


GregCiesielski WhitePlains AFS4 19850114 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski WhitePlains AFS4 19850114 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Raymond W. Milling


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19900627 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19900627.jpg



Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)
lettering fills dial


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19900627 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19900627.jpg


In Service period April 4 1993 to April 17 1995


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19930519 pm.jpg
JonBurdett whiteplains afs4 19930519.jpg



USPS 4-bar

Naval Station


GregCiesielski WhitePlains AFS4 19950417 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Place Out Of Service. Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

WHITE PLAINS earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) -Navy Expeditionary Medal (5) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 5 Campaign stars) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Services Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

NAMESAKE - "A city in, and the seat of government for, Westchester County, N.Y. After the Battle of Long Island on 27 August 1776, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was forced to evacuate Long Island and, later, the entire state of New York. During the retreat through New York and New Jersey, contingents of American soldiers fought a series of sharp rearguard actions which held up the British forces and allowed the Continental Army to escape intact to Pennsylvania. On 28 October 1776, the second of those engagements was fought near White Plains, N.Y. Though the American troops were ultimately driven from the field, they held the British back long enough to allow General Washington's main force to make good its retreat." {DANFS}

There has been 2 ships of the US Navy named WHITE PLAINS - USS White Plains CVE-66 and USS White Plains AFS-4.



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