Navy Converts FPO Addresses to Postal Service Standard


Navy Fleet Post Office addresses for ships, mobile units and ashore FPOs are being converted to an address format compatible with the U.S. Postal Service’s address system.  The new address format comes into effect immediately for mobile units, and ashore FPOs.

The new format for ships and mobile units follows:

Line 1: Name
Line 2: Ship or Mobile Unit name
Line 3: Ship or Mobile Unit number, box number
Line 4: FPO (AP, AE, AA) ZIP code (5 digits only)

The new format for ashore FPOs now includes a Postal Service Center (PSC) number and box number, along with a 5-digit ZIP code, in the address as follows:

Line 1: Name
Line 2: PSC number, box number
Line 3: FPO (AP, AE, AA) ZIP code (5 digits only)

“Only a 5-digit ZIP code is necessary,” said Naval Supply Systems Command Navy Postal Director Gabe Telles in a press release. “This and the new standardized format will be easier for everyone, including businesses, family, and friends sending mail to FPOs.”

The standardization comes during the holiday mailing season. “If senders use an old address but still follow the announced deadline dates for holiday mailings, delivery is expected by Dec. 25,” said Telles. “However, using the new address standardization could get holiday mail to its destination more quickly. Sailors should inform everyone who sends them mail about the new format as soon as possible.”

Another benefit of the standardization is postal patrons’ ability to use the USPS Internet change-of-address process at when rotating to or from new assignments using FPO addresses.

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