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USS Forrest Royal was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on June 8, 1945 and launched on January 17, the following year. It was commissioned on June 29, 1946 under Comdr. James M. Clute’s command with the hull number DD-872 and it served in the US Navy for 25 years before it was decommissioned on March 27, 1971. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Pensacola, Norfolk, Guantanamo Bay, Sasebo, Chinnampo or Newport. It was struck from the Navy List in 1973 and then sold to Turkey, where it was renamed Adatepe. For the service brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Forrest Royal received 4 battle stars.