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USS Chester was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on March 6, 1928 and launched on July 3, the following year. It was commissioned on June 24, 1930 under Capt. Arthur Fairfield’s command as CA-27 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on June 10, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 700 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Alaska, Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Sydney, Tulagi, Pearl Harbor or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Chester received 11 battle stars.