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USS Oceanus was an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship laid down on November 12, 1942 and launched on February 11, the following year. It was commissioned on May 22, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. W. B. Studley’s command with the hull number ARB-2 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 260 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Nouméa, Espiritu Santo, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, Kossol Roads, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Kerama Retto, Hagushi, Leyte or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1961 and sold to Zidell Explorations Inc. in Portland the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Oceanus received one battle star.