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USS Firedrake was a Mount Hood-class ammunition ship that served in the US Navy for 22 years. It was launched on May 12, 1944 and commissioned for the first time on December 27, 1944 under Commander A. Elb's command. It was a 459-foot long vessel, with a 63-foot beam, which carried over 260 officers on board. The ship had the mission to provide ammunition to US Navy fleet. It was decommissioned for the first time on February 21, 1946, and then it was placed in reserve. After 5 years of being inactive, USS Firedrake was recommissioned on October 11, 1951 and was assigned to San Francisco in order to accomplish annual tours in the Western Pacific for 10 years. It also participated in the Korean War supplying ammunition for the US Navy fleet. It helped in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands in 1955. In October 1971, the ship was decommissioned for the last time and received a total of 6 battle stars for the services brought to the country.