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USS Jamaica was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on November 13, 1942 and launched on April 21, the following year. It was commissioned on September 27, 1943 as HMS Shah with the hull number D-21 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 7, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had the main missions in Vancouver, San Francisco, Melbourne, Colombo, the Indian Ocean or Burma. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA and turned into a merchant ship in 1946 as Salta.