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USS John R. Perry was a Claud Jones-class destroyer escort laid down on October 1, 1957 and launched on July 29, 1958. It was commissioned on May 5, 1959 under Lt. Comdr. W. L. Atkinson’s command with the hull number DE-1034 and served in the US Navy for almost 14 years until it decommissioned in the early 1970s. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 167 men on board and had the main missions in Northern Europe, Scandinavian countries, Cuba, Florida, Azores, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or the Panama Canal. After the striking, the ship was transferred to Indonesia where it was renamed KRI Samadikun (341). The ship was active within the Indonesian waters until 2003 when it was decommissioned.