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USS Long Beach was a Long Beach-class cruiser laid down on December 2, 1957 and launched on July 14, 1959. It was commissioned on September 9, 1961 under Capt. Eugene P. Wilkinson’s command with the hull number CGN-9 and served in the US Navy for 34 years until it was decommissioned on May 1, 1995. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,160 people on board and had the main missions in Philadelphia, Tonkin, San Diego or Puget Sound. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, the same year and sold for recycling to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton in 2012. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Long Beach received 11 battle stars.