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USS Somali was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 23, 1943 and launched on February 12, the next year. It was transferred to the Free France on April 9, 1944 where it was named also Somali. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board. It participated both in the Operation Anvil-Dragoon and in the First Indochina War before being struck in 1952. In 1972, USS Somali was transferred back to the US Navy.