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USS Suwannee was a Sangamon-class escort carrier laid down on June 3, 1938 and launched on March 4, the following year. It was commissioned on July 16, 1941 under Commander Joseph R. Lannom’s command and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959. Later, it was reclassified as ACV-27 and CVHE-27. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1080 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, San Pedro, San Diego, Espiritu Santo, New Caledonia, Roi or Eniwetok. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Suwannee received 13 battle stars.