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USS Semmes was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on August 15, 1960 and launched on May 20, the following year. It was commissioned on December 10, 1962 with the hull number DDG-18 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on April 14, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Charleston, the Norwegian Sea, the Dominican Republic, Norfolk, the Caribbean, Germany, Denmark, Rota, Puerto Rico, Barcelona or South Carolina. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 14, 1991 and sold to Greece where it was renamed Kimon.