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USS Towers was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on April 1, 1958 and launched on April 23, the following year. It was commissioned on June 6, 1961 under Comdr. L. D. Cummings’ command with the hull number DDG-9 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Callao, Lima, Balboa, Acapulco, Sydney, Yokosuka, Sasebo, Okinawa, Subic Bay, Taiwan or Bangkok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 27, 1992 and sunken during training exercises in 2002. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Towers received 4 battle stars and 1 Navy Unit Commendation.