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USS Gilbert Islands was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on November 29, 1943 and launched on July 20, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on February 5, 1945 with the hull number CVE-107 under Capt. L. K. Rice’s command and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on December 20, 1969 as USS Annapolis. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Borneo, Okinawa, Saipan, Pearl Harbor, Japan, New England, Cuba or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 15, 1976 and sold for scrapping in 1979. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gilbert Islands received 3 battle stars and another 7 campaign stars for the activity during the Vietnam War.