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USS Cates was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 1, 1943 and launched on October 19, the same year. It was commissioned on December 15, 1943 under Lt. G. A. Prouse’s command with the hull number DE-763 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 28, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Ireland, Wales, New London, New York, Boston, Earle, Liverpool, Eniwetok or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to France where it was renamed Soudanais (F722).