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USS Vella Gulf was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on February 7, 1944 and launched on October 19, the same year. It was commissioned on April 9, 1945 with the hull number CVE-111 under Capt. Robert W. Morse’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Tokyo Bay, Guam, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Saipan or Japan. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping to American Ship Dismantlers in Portland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Vella Gulf received 1 battle star.