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USS Gandy was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 1, 1943 and launched on December 12, the same year. It was commissioned on February 7, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. W. A. Sessions’ command with the hull number DE-764 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Northern Ireland, Tokyo Bay, the Carolines, the Marshalls, Lisahally or Liverpool. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Italy where it was renamed Altair (F591). In 1971, it sank as a target ship during some training exercises. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gandy received one battle star.