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USS Vermillion was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on May 10, 1943 and launched on September 27, the same year. It was commissioned on January 20, 1944 as HMS Smiter with the hull number D-55 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 2 years until it was returned to the US Navy on April 6, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to be converted into a merchant ship in 1947 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Norfolk.