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USS Celeno (AK-76) was a Crater-class cargo ship that served the US Navy in World War II. Its name is a variant spelling of the Celaeno start in the constellation Pleiades and it was the only ship to have this name. Celeno was laid down 3 November 1942 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, sponsored by Mrs. G. G. Sherwood. The ship was commissioned 2 January the next year under Lieutenant Commander Niles E. Lanphere’s command. Celeno joined to Pacific Fleet with the mission to support the operations on Guadalcanal and throughout the Solomons with cargo from New Zealand. On 16 June, while unloading cargo of Guadalcanal, Celeno was attacked by a swarm of Japanese bombers and sustained heavy damage that put the vessel out of operation temporarily. 15 crew members died in the conflict and 19 more were injured. Once it was repaired, the ship returned to the South Pacific to continue supporting the Solomons Campaign and received three battle stars for World War II service. USS Celeno was decommissioned 1 March 1946 and scrapped 4 August 1961.