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USS Bangust was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 11, 1943 and launched on June 6, the same year. It was commissioned on October 30, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. MacNish’s command with the hull number DE-739 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on November 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Ellice Island, Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Hollandia, Honolulu or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Peru where it was renamed Castilla (D-61). For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bangust received 11 battle stars.