WOODPECKER MSC 209

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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.

    Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 23 June 1954 as AMS-209
    Launched 7 January 1955
    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) 7 February 1955

  1. USS WOODPECKER MSC-209
    Commissioned 3 February 1956
    Decommissioned 15 December 1970 at Seattle, WA

  2. WOODPECKER MSC-209
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship 15 December 1970

    Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1976

  3. HMFS KIKAU MSC 204
    Sold to the Republic of Fiji and renamed
    Sunk as an artificial reef in 1990.
Woodpecker MSC209 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. USS Woodpecker MSC-209 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)

 

Postmarks

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
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
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Cover Image



 

Locy Type
2
17022 Branch
Naha, Okinawa

1963-05-25

JohnGermann Woodpecker MSC209 19630525 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Woodpeckers are part of the family Picidae, a group of near-passerine birds that also consist of piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers.

 


 

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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