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USS Elkhorn was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker launched on May 15, 1943. It was commissioned on February 12, the following year under Lt. T. A. Norris’ command with the hull number AOG-7 and it served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1972. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people onboard and had the main missions in New Orleans, Milne Bay, Leyte, Icy Cape, Da Nang, Pearl Harbor, Point Barrow or the Far East. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 15, 1976 and sold to Taiwan in 1976, where it was renamed ROCS Hsing Lung (AOG-517). For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Elkhorn received 1 battle star and another 8 campaign stars for the Vietnam activity.