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USS Newport News was a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser laid down on November 1, 1945 and launched on March 6, 1948. It was commissioned on January 29, the following year under Capt. Floyd Smoot’s command as CA-148 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1975. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,667 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Newport News, Sicily, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Da Nang, Panama, Haiphong, Guantanamo or Gitmo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 31, 1978 and sold for scrapping in New Orleans in 1993. For the services brought to the country during the World War II and the Vietnam War, USS Newport News received 2 battle stars, respectively 3 campaign stars.