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USS Berkeley was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on June 1, 1960 and launched on July 29, the following year. It was commissioned on December 15, 1962 under Comdr. Wyatt E. Harper’s command with the hull number DDG-15 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on September 30, 1992. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Yokosuka, the Tonkin Gulf, North Vietnam, the South China Sea, Subic Bay, Hawaii or the Far East. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1992 and sold to Greece where it was renamed Themistoklis (D-221). For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Berkeley received 11 battle stars.