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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.

    Spearhead Class Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
    Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) (effective Sept 2015)
    Named YUMA JHSV-8 25 April 2014
    Keel Laid 29 March 2016 - Christened 20 August 2016
    Launched 7 September 2016

  2. Placed into Service 21 April 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. USNS YUMA T-EPF-8 Covers Page 1     (2016)



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 To
Cover Image


USPS Type 12

Main Office"

Mobile AL



Keel Laying, cachet by Robert Jank


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after Yuma, Arizona, which is named after the Yuma tribe of Arizona.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name YUMA - YUMA (1865 River Monitor), USS Yuma YT-37, USS Yuma AT-94, USS Yuma YTM-748, and USNS Yuma EPF-8

The ships keel was authenticated by the Honorable Douglas Nicholls, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona.

The ships sponsor is Janet Napolitano, an American politician, lawyer, and university administrator who served as the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009 and United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. Currently, she is president of the University of California system since September 2013.



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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