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USS Tombigbee was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on October 23, 1942 and launched on November 18, the following year. It was commissioned on July 13, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. A.O. Askland’s command with the hull number AOG-11 and it served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on July 7, 1972. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people onboard and had the main missions in Galveston, Ulithi, Guam, Saipan, Ryukyus, Kwajalein, Iwo Jima or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to Greece in 1972, where it was renamed Ariadni. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Tombigbee received 2 battle stars and 11 engagement stars for the Vietnam War service.