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(AKA-99: dp. 14,200 (f.); 1. 459'2"; b. 63'; dr. 26'4"; s. 17 k.;
cpl. 425; a. 1 5", 8 40mm.; el. Andromeda; T. C2-S-B1)

Attack cargo ship Rolette (AKA-99) was laid down 2 December 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny N.J., for the Maritime Commission, launched 11 March1945; sponsored by Mrs. William U. Kirseh; acquired by the Navy on loan-charter 26 April 1945; and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard 27 April 1945, Comdr. Lamar M. Wise in command.

Rolette proceeded to Chesapeake Bay in May 1945, 2 days after Germany surrendered. She loaded her first cargo on the 30th and sailed for Pearl Harbor, where she unloaded and took on eonstruetion material for Guinan, Samar Island, Philippine Islands. As the crew was discharging her cargo there in midAugust they heard of the Japanese surrender. Rolette was orderer to operate with the amphibious ships carrying the Army Oecupation Forees to Japan from the Philippines. During September and October she debarked troops at Tokyo' Hokkaido, and Hakodate.

The transport returned to the United States toward the close of 1945 and decommissioned at San Francisco, where she was a unit of the Reserye Fleet until struck from the Navy list 23 April 1947.

Rolette was reacquired by the Navy 13 August 1051 and recommissioned 23 February 1952 at Oakland, Calif. She proceeded to her homeport, Norfolk, Va., to operate as a unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. From April to October 1953, the ship served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. On this deployment she landed food, medical supplies, and workers to aid the citizens of Argostolie Bay, Greeee, after a devastating earthquake.

Rolette underwent overhaul and refresher training during 1954, and on 5 January 1955 departed Norfolk for San Diego. On 31 Marchshe joined an amphibious squadron for a 6-month's tour in the western Pactfie and participation in landing exercise "Navmarlex 1-55" conducted at Okinawa in June. She returned to San Diego 30 September, underwent a brief period of upkeep, and took part in the exercise "Paetrex 56" in November.

She decommissioned at Mare Island 1 May 1956 and entered the Pactfie Reserve Fleet, where she remained until struck from the Navy list 1 July 1960.