ORION TEST RECOVERY SHIP COVER & POSTMARK VARIETIES

Post Landing Orion Recovery Test (PORT) Testi
Ship Type Designation Covers
M/V Freedom Star1 - 23 April 2009 Dock Landing Ship LSO-48 Y

 
Orion Landing & Recovery Working Group Touri
Ship Type Designation Covers
USS Ashland1 - 10 September 2009 Dock Landing Ship LSO-48 Y
USS Iwo Jima1 - 1 September 2009 Amphibious Assault Ship LHD-7 Y
USS Mesa Verde1 - 1 September 2009 Amphibious Transport Dock LPD-19 Y
 
Orion Stationary Recovery Test
Ship Type Designation Covers
Return to Port - 15 August 2013 Norfolk Naval Station N/A Y

Notes General:
i) Covers produced were as follows:

- less than 10 M/V Freedom Star as above
- 4 total USS Ashland as above
- 4 total USS Iwo Jima - 2 as above and 2 with ship crest RS
- 4 total USS Mesa Verde - 2 as above and 2 with ship crest RS used as postmark (no ship postmark applied)

Notes Other:
1) From the collection of Tom Steiner
 

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