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USS Columbus was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on June 28, 1943 and launched on November 30, 1944. It was commissioned on June 8, 1945 under Capt. Allen Hobbss’ command as CA-74 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on January 31, 1975. On September 30, 1959 the ship was reclassified as guided missile cruiser with the hull number CG-12. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,906 people on board and had the main missions in Tsingtao, Norfolk, Boston, San Pedro, Bremerton or Yokosuka. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 9, 1976 and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloys Corporation in 1977.