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USS Shasta was a Lassen-class ammunition ship laid down on August 12, 1940, and launched on July 9, 1941. It was commissioned on January 20, 1942, for the first time under Capt. Francis A. Smith's command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in 1946. The name Shasta comes from a volcano located in Cascade Range, north of California. Most of its missions were in Western Pacific to supply the Battle Fleet with ammunition. This ship was extremely important because it managed to accomplish the first underway replenishment of ammunition. The second commissioning took place on July 15, 1953, after almost 6 years of inactivity. This time under Capt. Peter M. Gaviglio's command, the ship joined the Atlantic Service Fleet and served in the US Navy for another 16 years until it was finally struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1969. For the service brought to the USA, Shasta received 5 battle stars for the activity during the World War II and one for the Vietnam War.