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USS Bassett was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on November 28, 1943 and launched on January 15, 1944. It was commissioned as a high-speed transport on February 23, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. Harold J. Theriault’s command with the hull number APD-73 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on November 26, 1957. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and it had the main missions in Norfolk, Hawaii, Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi Atoll, Hollandia, the Philippines, Brunei or British Honduras. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966. Later, USS Bassett was sold to Colombia where it was renamed ARC Almirante Tono (DT-04).