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USS Altair was an Altair-class destroyer tender laid down on December 18, 1918 and launched on May 10, the following year. It was commissioned on December 6, 1921 under Comdr. J H. Comfort’s command with the hull number AD-11 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on July 8, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 481 people on board and had the main missions in Seattle, Norfolk, Hamilton, San Juan, Aruba, Pearl Harbor or Oahu. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 21, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1948 to the Basalt Rock Company.