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USS Claude V. Ricketts was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on May 18, 1959 and launched on June 4, the following year. It was commissioned as USS Biddle on May 5, 1962 under Comdr. Paul Roth’s command with the hull number DDG-5 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on October 31, 1989. In 1964, the ship was renamed USS Claude V. Ricketts. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in the Mediterranean Sea, Norfolk, the Caribbean Sea, Kenya, the US Middle East or Lebanon. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1990 and sold for scrapping in 1994. For the services brought to the country during its activity, USS Claude V. Ricketts received a number of 9 awards.