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USS Dale was a Leahy-class cruiser laid down on September 6, 1960 and launched on June 28, 1962. It was commissioned on November 23, the following year as DLG-19 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on September 27, 1994. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 445 people on board and had the main missions in Mayport, Constanta, Villefranche-cur-Mer, Athens, Malaga, the Gulf of Mexico, the Suez Canal or Bath. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 27, 1994 and sunk as target during training exercises in 2000.