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USS Akutan, a Lassen-class ammunition ship, was laid down on June 20, 1944 and launched on September 17, 1944. It was commissioned on February 15, 1945, under Comdr. R.C. Brown's command. The name comes from the Akutan Island located in the Fox Islands group in Alaska. It was a 459-foot long ship, with a beam of 63 feet, which carried a complement of 280 officers on board. After the shakedown, Akutan started its missions to Caroline Islands, Philippine Islands, fueled Task Group and other ships located in Philippines. After one year of service, Akutan was decommissioned on October 19, 1946, and, 14 years later, on May 1, 1960, the vessel was struck from the Naval Register.