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Post office creates postmark for Naval destroyer USS Paul Ignatius

Paul Ignatius launch 2016 (Naval Surface Warriors/WikiCommons)
August 07, 2019

Coming to an envelope near you – the USS Paul Ignatius.

The new U.S. Navy destroyer, which launched last month in Port Everglades, is getting its own pictorial postmark.

The U.S Postal Service has created the postmark to salute the ship, which was commissioned July 27 in Fort Lauderdale. The ship is named after Paul Ignatius, 98, who was a lieutenant in World War II and Secretary of the U.S. Navy under President Lyndon Johnson. Based at the Naval Station Mayport in the Jacksonville area, the ship can accommodate more than 300 sailors.

A postmark is the imprint applied in black ink on the address side of a stamped piece of mail to indicate the location and date the postal service accepted it. The postal service has created commemorative postmarks for special occasions and events such as the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival.

To receive the free postmark of the ship, you need to address stamped envelopes with first-class postage, place them in a larger envelope and mail them to Pictorial Postmarks USS Paul Ignatius, Postmaster, 1900 W. Oakland Park Blvd Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310-9998.

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The post office will fulfill orders through August 25.

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