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USS Robert A. Owens was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on October 29, 1945 and launched on July 15, the following year. It was commissioned on November 5, 1949 under Comdr. Rexford V. Wheeler’s command with the hull number DD-827 and it served in the US Navy for 33 years before it was decommissioned on February 16, 1982. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, Norfolk, Pensacola or Galveston. It was struck from the Navy List on August 6, 1987 although it was transferred prior to Turkey in 1982 where it was renamed TCG Alcitepe D-346.