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Originally named Sea Swallow, the attack transport USS Cambria (APA-36 later LPA-36) was launched on 10 November 1942. The Sea Swallow was placed in partial commission in the U. S. Navy on 4 May 1943 but was rapidly decommissioned, converted to an attack transport, and then recommissioned the Cambria on 10 November 1943. She was manned by a Coast Guard crew.