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USS Gustafson was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 5, 1943 and launched on October 3, the same year. It was commissioned on November 1, 1943 under Comdr. Herman Rich’s command with the hull number DE-182 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Brazil, South America, Africa, Trinidad or St. Helena Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to the Netherlands in 1950 where it was renamed HNLMS Van Ewijk.