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USS Petrof Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on October 15, 1943 and launched on January 5, the following year. It was commissioned on February 18, 1944 with the hull number CVE-80 under Capt. Joseph L. Kane’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 31 July, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board had the main missions in Eniwetok, Manus, Ulithi, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 27, 1958 and sold for scrapping to J. Berkurt’s in July 1959. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Petrof Bay received 5 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.