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USS St. Joseph was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on March 25, 1943 and launched on August 21, the same year. It was commissioned on December 22, 1943 as HMS Ruler with the hull number D-72 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board and had the main missions in the North Atlantic. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA on January 28, 1946 and struck from the Navy List on May 13.