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USS Barbican was a Chimo-class minelayer laid down in 1942 as USAMP Col. George Armistead and commissioned on March 24, 1945 as USS Barbican under Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Anderson’s command with the hull number ACM-5 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 12, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 69 people on board and had the main missions in Charleston, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Saipan, the Marianas, Okinawa, Sasebo or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946 but it was acquired by the US Coast Guard and commissioned as USCGC Ivy (WLB-329) in 1946 and it was in service for another 23 years until it was transferred to Foss Maritime in 1969.