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USS North Carolina was a North Carolina-class battleship laid down on October 27, 1937 and launched on June 13, 1940. It was commissioned on April 9, 1941 under Capt. Olaf M. Hustvedt’s command with the hull number BB-55 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 2,339 men on board and had the main missions in New York, San Pedro, Hawaii, Cuba, Tulagi, the Solomons, Pearl Harbor, New Ireland, the Marshalls, the Philippines or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on June 1, 1960 and subsequently used as a museum ship. For the services brought to the country during its activity, USS North Carolina received 15 battle stars and many awards.