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USS Chicago was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on July 28, 1943 and launched on August 20, 1944. It was commissioned on January 10, 1945 under Capt. Richard R. Hartung’s command as CA-136 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on March 1, 1980. On November 1, 1958 the ship was reclassified as guided missile cruiser with the hull number CG-11. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Eniwetok, Norfolk, Trinidad, San Pedro, Bremerton or Yokosuka. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 31, 1984 and sold for scrapping to Southwest Recycling in 1991.