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USS Croatan was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on September 5, 1941 and launched on April 4, the following year. It was commissioned on February 20, 1943 as HMS Fencer with the hull number D-64 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was transferred back to the US Navy on December 11, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 28, 1947 and scrapped in 1975 in La Spezia, Italy.