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The USS Jaguar was a tanker ship belonging to the Armadillo-class that was built by the California Shipbuilding Corporation in San Pedro, California in November 1943. It was originally named Charles T. Yerkes but it was renamed as soon as it was acquired by the United States Navy. During its short World War II service, the ship operated as a floating storage ship, mainly in the Pacific Islands. The ship delivered fuel and minesweeping gear to New Hebrides and the Solomon Islands and then sailed for the West Coast where it was decommissioned in April 1946. It was then renamed as Harry Peer and served as a tanker with several American lines until 1951 when it was transferred to Panamanian ownership.