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USS New Hanover was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on August 31, 1944 and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned on December 22, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. J. R. Haines’ command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 30, 1946. It carried a complement of 365 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Ulithi or Tinian. After the decommissioning, USS Hanover was struck from the Naval Register on August 15, 1946 and returned to Maritime Commission. On June 31, 1947 the ship was sold to Waterman Steamship Corporation where it was renamed SS Alawai.