United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Sub-group AR-NAV: Stamps used by the Navy for official business

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Sub-group AR-NAV: Stamps used by the Navy for official business[edit]

  • Earliest date seen, July 16, 1941.




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV1p1.jpg

AR-NAV1.1. Pitney Bowes.    [RRRR]

Type GA1 with town mark   ALAMEDA, CALIF.   /   NAVAL AIR STA.    (95438)
One meter only.
V/F:    0 00



Type NAV-GA2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV1p2.jpg

AR-NAV1.2. Pitney Bowes.    [RRR]

Type GA2 with town mark:   U.S. NAVY   /   128    (92745)
One meter only.
V/F:    . 00 :



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV2.jpg

AR-NAV2. National Postal Meter.    [RRR]

Type HA2.1 with town mark:   BREMERTON, WASH   /   P.S.N.Y. (Puget Sound Navy Yard)       (92745)
One meter only.
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg



Type NAV-IA3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p1C.jpg

AR-NAV3.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA3 with town marks:
A.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (103465, 109887)    [RR]
B.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with no stars    (105201)    [RRR]
C.   BREMERTON, WASH.   /   NAVY YARD STA.    (101301)    [RRR]
V/F:    . 00 :





Type NAV-IA4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2C.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2D.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2E.jpg
USA meter type AR-NAV3p2F.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2G.jpg

AR-NAV3.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   (5 digit number) BR.
-   13793    (309560)
-   17002    (361522)
-   17012    (355611, 366421)    [RR]
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   10434    (388415)    [RRRR]
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   ★ ★ ★ ★    (171585)    [RRRR]
D.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (unreadable)    [RRRR]
E.   NAVAL BASE   /   S.C.    (167521)    [RRRR]
F.   BREMERTON, WASH.   /   NAVY YARD STA.    (108267)    [RRR]
G. Normal town and state in town mark but with slogan including:  DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY    and OFFICIAL BUSINESS    (183616)    [R-RRR]
V/F:    ≋ 00 :

NOTE: During World War 2 the Navy Department used meter stamps of Type IA4.1 on "penalty" envelopes with blank town marks and no "official business" slogan. See below.

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2note.jpg












Type NAV-IC3A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p1D.jpg

AR-NAV4.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
-   09521    (960256, 960353)
-   09551    (954429)
-   09593    (960349)
-   96654    (959939)
-   98761    (969381)
-   98762    (959949)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   13933 BR   (954290)   [RRRR]
C.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (unreadable)    [RRRR]
D. With ship name and designation in the town mark:
-   USS MIDWAY CV 41   /   FPO 96631    (960290)
-   USS INDEPENDENCE(CV62)   /   FPO09537    (960290)
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)    [RR]



Type NAV-IC3B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2D.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2G.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2J.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2K.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2N.jpg

AR-NAV4.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3.2 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
B.   U.S. NAVY FPO   /   (5 digit number)
-   09521    (33000266)
-   09619    (3369871)
-   96306    (33000871)
C.   U.S. NAVY FPO AE (or AP)   /   (5 digit number)
-   AE   /   09645    (3301311, 3303618)
-   AP   /   96451    (3314244)
D.   NAVY POSTAL SERVICE FPO   /   (5 digit number)
-   09532    (3351954)
-   96370    (unreadable)
E.   NAVY POSTAL SERVICE FPO AE   /   09499   (3351987)
F.   NAVAL POSTAL SERVICE FPO AP   /   96506   (unreadable)
G.   NAVY FPO AE   /   09834   (3351901)
H.   U.S. USS SIMON LAKE   /   AS-33   (3303761)
J.   FPO USS SAIPAN, NY   /   09549   (3303799)
K. With ship name and designation at top of town mark, FPO and 5-digit number at bottom
L. With ship name and designation at top of town mark, 5-digit number at bottom
M.   USS INDEPENDENCE   /   CV-62 96618   (3369578)
N.   U.S. NAVY EXCHANGE   /   FPO N.Y. 09510   (3303760)  [RR-RRRR]
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)





Type NAV-IC4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p3.jpg

AR-NAV4.3. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
-   96659    (909450)
-   98760    (931141)
-   98767    (909425)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   13933 BR   (909288, 909456)
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   17000 BR. (with stop after BR)   (931330)
D.   U.S. NAVY FPO AP   /   96349   (931330)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00    



Unlisted in 2001 edition

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AR-NAV4.4. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.2 with town mark:   U.S. NAVY     /     FPO 98766   (unreadable)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00    




Type NAV-ID2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV5.jpg

AR-NAV5.1. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type ID2 with town marks:
A. Ship name and designation:   USS LONG BEACH   /   CGN9   (1629871, 1941861)
B. Ship name and FPO number:   USS PORTLAND   /   09582 1725   (1941861)
V/F:    0.00



Type NAV-ID2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV5p2.jpg

AR-NAV5.2. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type ID3 with ship name in town mark:   USS SUPPLY   /   07587   (1626315)
V/F:    0.00




Type NAV-IE1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV6A.jpg

AR-NAV6. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type IE1 with town marks:
A.   NAVY FPO AP at top, 5-digit number at bottom
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO 09593   (6826355)
C.   U.S. NAVY FPO AP   /   96595   (unreadable)
D.   USS KEARSARGE   /   09534 1662      (6822188)
V/F:    0 .00



Type NAV-IF1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV7.jpg

AR-NAV7. Pitney Bowes.    [R-RRR]

Type IF1 with ship name and designation in the town mark:   USS LEYTE GULF CD 55   /   34091   (5444976)
V/F:    .00



Type NAV-IG1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV8.jpg

AR-NAV8. Pitney Bowes.    [R-RRR]

Type IH1 with ship name and designation in the town mark:   USS PUGET SOUND AD38   /   FPO 09544   (7153574)
V/F:    .00




Type NAV-KB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p1C.jpg

AR-NAV9.1. Friden.

Type KB1.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   SEATTLE WASH. 13606   (F 030385)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   SEATTLE WASH. 13608 BR   (F 216618)
USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p1aa.jpg
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   BRANCH 17049   (F 030597)
V/F:    .00
a. As A, with hyphen between "SEATTLE" and "WASH":   13068   (F 030369)



Type NAV-KB3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p2B.jpg

AR-NAV9.2. Friden.

Type KB2.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY at top, town, state, 5-digit number and BR or BR. at bottom:
-   SEATTLE WASH. 13608 BR   (F 216618)
-   NEW YORK, NY 17055 BR.   (F 222053)
-   NEW YORK, NY 17067 BR   (F 030688)
B.   U S NAVAL STATION   /   FPO NEW YORK 09571   (F 222704)
V/F:    .00



Type NAV-KE3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV10.jpg

AR-NAV10. Friden.

Type KE1.3 with ship name and designation at top of the town mark, 5-digit number at bottom.
Meter numbers in 8000000 series
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)



Type NAV-KG2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV11.jpg

AR-NAV11. Friden.

Type KG1.2 with ship name and designation at top of the town mark, 5-digit number at bottom:
-   USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72   /   96612   (F 9002003)
-   USS CONSTELLATION CV 64   /   09558   (F 9004038)
-   USS MT WHITNEY LCC 20   /   09517   (F 9004581)
-   USS NASSAU LHA 4   /   09577   (F 9004808)
V/F:    0.00



Type NAV-LB6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV12.jpg

AR-NAV12. Friden.

Type LB1.2 with ship name and designation in town mark:  USS HAYLER   /   DD - 997   (H 463623)
V/F:    0.00 :