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USS Sierra was a Dixie-class destroyer tender laid down on December 31, 1941 and launched on February 23, 1943. It was commissioned on March 20, 1944 under Capt. P. B. Koonce’s command with the hull number AD-18 and served in the US Navy for 49 years until it was decommissioned on October 15, 1993. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,050 people on board and had the main missions in Guantanamo Bay, Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Panama Canal, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Shanghai or Sicily. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on the same day and sold for scrapping in 1995.