The USS Semmes (DDG-18) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on August 15, 1960, launched on May 20, the following year, serving 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 its main missions in Charleston, the Norwegian Sea, the Dominican Republic, Norfolk, the Caribbean, Germany, Denmark, Rota, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, and 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.
Veterans who served in the U.S. Navy between 1930 and 1980 have developed asbestos-related diseases and due to the long latency periods, the burden of these illnesses continues to rise. Many of the United States Navy veterans exposed to asbestos while on duty are eligible to file an asbestos VA claim to receive compensation, and also may qualify for VA benefits if they develop mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses.