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USS Southampton was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 26, 1944 and launched on July 28, the same year. It was commissioned on September 16, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Lester V. Cooke’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 21, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan or Tinian. After the decommissioning, USS Southampton was struck from the Naval Register on July 3, 1946 and was sold to American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines where it was renamed SS Flying Clipper.