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USS ABSD-4 was an auxiliary floating dry-dock, which was commissioned on March 30, 1944. The dates of the laying down and the delivery are unknown. Its operations were conducted during the World War II in the Pacific theater. The command was taken by Dean H. Beeman, who operated with the crew in Seeadler Harbor, Manus Islands and Admiralty Islands. It served the US Navy for only 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 1, 1946. After that, it was reclassified as AFDB-4, but the date is unknown. Then, it was placed in service at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, also on an unknown date. On April 15, 1989, it was struck from the Naval Register and sunk on a reef at Manus Islands Papua-New Guinea.