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USS Santa Fe was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on June 7, 1941 and launched on June 10, the following year. It was commissioned on November 24, 1942 under Capt. Rusell S. Berkey’s command with the hull number CL-60 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on October 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Formosa, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, Luzon, Tinian, Tarawa, Iwo Jima or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Santa Fe received 13 battle stars.