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USS Rinehart was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 21, 1943 and launched on January 9, 1944. It was commissioned on February 12, the same year under Lt. Partee W. Crouch’s command with the hull number DE-196 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, France, England, Scotland, Cuba, the Marshalls, Eniwetok or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to the Netherlands in 1950 where it was renamed HNLMS De Bitter (F807).