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USS Charles R. Ware is a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on November 1, 1944 and launched on April 12, the following year. It was commissioned on July 21, 1945 with the hull number DD-865 and it served in the US Navy for 29 years before it was decommissioned and struck from the Navy List on November 30, 1974. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 367 people on board and had the main missions in New London, Ireland, Newport, Mayport, Palomares, Port Louis, Malta, Cannes, Naples, Suda Bay or Palma. It was used as a target during training exercises on November 30, 1974.