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USS Samuel Gompers was a Samuel Gompers-class destroyer tender laid down on July 9, 1964 and launched on May 14, 1966. It was commissioned on July 1, 1967 under Capt. Harry Risch’s command with the hull number AD-37 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on October 27, 1995. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,056 people onboard and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Yokosuka, Sasebo, Kaohsiung, Guam or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 7, 1999 and sunk as a target during training exercises in 2003.