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USS Altamaha was an Attacker-class escort carrier laid down on April 15, 1941 and launched on April 4, 1942. It was commissioned on November 15, 1942 as HMS Battler with the hull number D-18 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on February 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board and had the main missions in Gibraltar, Malta, Salerno, Palermo, Suez, Aden, Cochin, Bombay, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles or Sydney. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to USA, struck from the Navy Register on March 28, 1946 and sold for scrapping in May the same year.