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USS Breton was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on February 25, 1942 and launched on June 27, the same year. It was commissioned on April 12, 1943 under Capt. E. C. Ewen’s command with the hull number CVE-23 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on August 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,205 men on board and had the main missions in Saipan, the Philippine Sea, Okinawa or Tacoma. After the decommissioning, the ship was placed again in service to serve as a utility carrier CVU-23 and as an aviation transport T-AKV-42. Afterwards, it was struck from the Navy Register on August 6, 1972 and sold for scrapping the same year.