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USS John King was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on August 25, 1958 and launched on January 4, 1961. It was commissioned on February 4, 1961 under Comdr. Albert M. Sackett’s command with the hull number DDG-3 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on March 30, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Cuba, the Caribbean, England, Kiel, the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus or Virginia Capes. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 12, 1993 and sold for scrapping in 1999.