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USS Marts was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 26, 1943 and launched on August 8, the same year. It was commissioned on September 3, 1943 under Lt. Carl M. Fellows’ command with the hull number DE-174 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 20, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Brazil, Equator, Gibraltar or New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 20, 1953 and transferred to Brazil the same year where it was renamed Bocaina.