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USS Nespelen was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on August 28, 1944 and launched on April 10, the following year. It was commissioned on August 9, 1945 under Lt. Thomas W. Purcell’s command with the hull number AOG-55 and it served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1975. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 124 people onboard and had the main missions in Havana, Guantanamo Bay, Algiers, Marseilles, Malta, Tripoli, Iskenderun or Naples. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrap to Union Minerals & Alloys in 1976.