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USS Mission Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on December 28, 1942 and launched on May 26, the following year. It was commissioned on September 13, 1943 with the hull number CVE-59 under Capt. William L. Rees’ command and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on September 1, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board had the main missions in Casablanca, San Diego, Portsmouth, Recife, Cape Town, Karachi, Dakar, Mayport, Bermuda, Newport News or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1958 and sold for scrapping on April 30, the following year to Hugo Neu Corporation in New York.