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The USS Carina (AK-74) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class. It served the US Navy during World War II. This was the only vessel in the Navy fleet to carry this name which was inspired by a constellation. The USS Carina was laid down and launched in 1942 at Richmond, California. Her sponsor was Mrs. A.R. Olds. On 1st December the same year, the vessel was commissioned and assigned to Commander J.I. MacPherson. The first journey of the USS Carina took place in January 1942 in the South Pacific Ocean where the vessel had to carry cargo to Guadalcanal and Espiritu Santo. Some of the locations she visited afterward were Purvis Bay, the Solomon Islands, Tongatapu, Tagoma and Tulaci where she suffered an attack. The following year, the vessel headed to Australia, New Zeeland, the Fiji Islands, New Guinea, the Russel Islands, the Admiralty Islands, Norfolk Islands. After delivering supplies to these locations, it went to San Francisco for an overhaul. After the overhaul, it was ready to take part in the Liberation of the Philippines. In 1945, the Carina was the target of a Japanese attack at Okinawa. Fortunately, the boat survived and so did its crewmen. After this event, the vessel went home for repairs and her service also ended since she was no longer able to turn back to duty before the end of the war. In 1945, the USS Carina was decommissioned and taken to the War Shipping Administration.