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USS Wingfield was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 7, 1943 and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on January 28, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. H. E. Purdy’s command with the hull number DE-194 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on August 26, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, Bizerte, Maine, North Africa, Plymouth, Cuba, the Marshalls, Eniwetok or Maloelap. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to France in 1950 where it was renamed Sakalave (F-720).