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USS Providence was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on July 27, 1943 and launched on December 28, 1944. It was commissioned on May 15, 1945 under Capt. Thomas John Ryan’s command with the hull number CL-82 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on August 31, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, Boston, Guantanamo, Naples, Taranto or Long Beach. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 30, 1978 and sold for scrapping to National Steel Corporation in Terminal Island two years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Providence received 2 bronze stars and another 6 campaign stars.