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USS Canberra was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on September 3, 1941 and launched on April 19, 1943. It was commissioned on October 14, the same year under Capt. Alex Rieman Early’s command as CA-70 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on February 2, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Bonin, Ulithi, Morotai, Norfolk, Okinawa, San Diego, Vietnam or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 31, 1978 and sold for scrapping to National Metal two years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Canberra received 7 battle stars.