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USS Richard E. Byrd was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on April 12, 1961 and launched on February 6, the following year. It was commissioned on March 7, 1964 under Comdr. Walter G. Lessman’s command with the hull number DDG-23 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on April 27, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Corfu or Lisbon. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1992 and sold to Greece.