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USS Rigel was an Altair-class destroyer tender laid down in 1918 and launched on November 23, the same year. It was commissioned on February 24, 1922 under Lt. E. G. Affleck’s command with the hull number AD-13 and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on July 11, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 481 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Fanning Island, Auckland, New Caledonia, Noumea, Espiritu Santo, Efate, Brisbane, Milne or New Britain. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and transferred to the Maritime Commission the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Rigel received four battle stars.