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USS Saipan was a Saipan-class light aircraft carrier laid down on July 10, 1944 and launched on July 8, the following year. It was commissioned on July 14, 1946 under Capt. John G. Crommelin’s with the hull number CVL-48 and it served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on January 14, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,721 people onboard and had the main missions in Pensacola, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Quonset Point, Greenland, Guantanamo Bay, Hampton Roads, Panama, Taiwan, Manila, Haiti, Tonkin Gulf or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 15, 1975 and sold for scrapping to Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service in 1976. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Saipan received 7 campaign stars.