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USS Alger was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on January 2, 1943 and launched on July 8, the same year. It was commissioned on November 12, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. W. F. Porter’s command with the hull number DE-101 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 10, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Recife, Brazil or Rio de Janeiro. After the decommissioning, the USS Alger was struck from the Navy Register on July 20, 1953 and transferred to Brazil where it was renamed Babitonga (D-16).