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USS Portsmouth was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on June 28, 1943 and launched on September 20, the following year. It was commissioned on June 25, 1945 under Capt. Heber B. Brumbaugh’s command with the hull number CL-102 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, Cape Town, Lagos, Freetown, Monrovia, Dakar, Casablanca or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1971 and sold for scraping in 1974.