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USS Zellars was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on December 24, 1943 and launched on July 19, the following year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1944 under Comdr. Blinn Van Mater’s command with the hull number DD-777 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on March 19, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, North Korea, Plymouth, Norfolk or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on March 19, 1971 and sold to Iran the same day where it was renamed Babr. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Zellars received one battle star and another four battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.