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USS Hugh Purvis was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on May 23, 1944 as DD-709 and launched on December 17, the same year. It was commissioned on March 1, 1945 under Commander B. L. Gurnette’s command and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Panama, Hawaii, Newport, Maine, New England, New Orleans, Haifa, Gaza, Boston or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on February 1, 1973 and sold to Turkey where it was renamed Zafer.