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The USS Arided (AK-73) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class. It served the Navy during World War II and it received 2 battle stars. Its name was unique, being the only vessel in the Navy to be named after the homonymous star in the Cygnus constellation. This vessel was laid down in 1942 at Richmond, California. The Navy acquired it the same year in November. The same month, it was commissioned under the command of John B. Elaine. The ship’s initial mission was to join the Service Squadron (ServRon) 8, Pacific Fleet, carrying ammunition and supplies. The destinations it had to reach were the New Hebrides, Espiritu Santo, New Caledonia, Auckland, the Russell Islands, Nouméa, the Solomon Islands. In 1943, the vessel required drydocking and repairs, so it went to Port Chalmers in New Zeeland. Afterward, duty was resumed by delivering cargo to the Solomon Islands. During the following 2 years, the ship carried equipment and supplies to different other places such as the Milne Bay, the Solomon Islands, Florida Island, Guadalcanal, Milne Bay, New Guinea, the Russel Islands, the Palau Islands, the Ellice Islands, and Manus. After the end of the war, the USS Arided was taken to Suisan Bay and prepared for layup. In 1962, it was scrapped.