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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NGMV

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STRIKER

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Avondale Marine, Avondale LA. on August 15 1960.
Launched May 20 1961 and commissioned December 10 1962.
Decommissioned September 12 1991.
Stricken January 11 1995.
To Greece September 13 1991, renamed Kimon.
Fate: Decommissioned by Greece June 17 2004, in reserve at Souda Bay, Crete.

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Semmes 46kRaphael Semmes, born on 27 September 1809 in Charles County, Md., was appointed midshipman in the United States Navy on 1 April 1826. After initial duty in Lexington in the Mediterranean Squadron, he attended the Naval School at Norfolk, Va.; then served on the Mediterranean, West Indian, South American, and Florida stations; conducted a hydrographic survey of Narragansett Bay; and served in various capacities at the Washington Navy Yard. During the Mexican War, he served as commanding officer of Somers until that ship's loss; then became flag lieutenant under Commodore Conner. He participated in the siege of Vera Cruz and the expedition against Tuxpan and accompanied General Scott's army to Mexico City. Promoted to Commander on 14 September 1855, he was subsequently appointed Light House Inspector of the 8th Light House District and served on the Light House Board until 1861. With the secession of Alabama, his adopted home state, Semmes resigned his commission in the United States Navy on 15 February 1861. He subsequently served in the Confederate States Navy and, after commanding the raiders Sumter and Alabama, was appointed Rear Admiral and given the command of the James River Squadron, which he destroyed during the evacuation of Richmond. After the war, he taught at the Louisiana State Seminary; edited the Memphis Daily Bulletin; and practiced law in Mobile..Bill Gonyo
Semmes 107kUndated, location unknown.-
Semmes 28kUndated, location unknown.Richard Smith OS2 1980-1983
Semmes 35kUndated, location unknown.Richard Smith OS2 1980-1983
Semmes 35kUndated, location unknown.Richard Smith OS2 1980-1983
Semmes 32kUndated, location unknown.Richard Smith OS2 1980-1983
Semmes 30kUndated, location unknown.Richard Smith OS2 1980-1983
Semmes 54kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Semmes 64kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Semmes 87kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Semmes 64kThe traditional Christmas dinner menu, undated.Thomas Ringate
Semmes 178kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 175kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 138kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 178kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 158kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 127kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 146kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 110kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 197kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 86kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 215kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 220kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Semmes 122kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Semmes 119kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Semmes 99kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Semmes 57k1962 front cover of the commissioning ceremony pamphlet.Thomas Ringate
Semmes 171kCommissioning ceremony, December 10 1962, at Avondale Marine, Avondale LA.Darryl Baker
Semmes 39kCirca 1963, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Semmes 158kUSS Semmes (DDG-18) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Atlantic Fall 1963.Roy Williams
Semmes 170kthe Semmes coming into the Azores through rough surf circa early 70's.Bobby Powell
Semmes 52kUSS Semmes (DDG-18), USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and USS Tattnall (DDG-19) during 1970's in the Mediterranean.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Semmes 24kRota, Spain July 17 1971.Marc Piché
Semmes 84kIn April of 1973, a group of four NATO vessels visited Baltimore, MD. There was a German frigate, a British destroyer, a Canadian replenishment ship. and the USS Semmes.Larry Backus
Semmes 59kAs above.Larry Backus
Semmes 75kAs above.Larry Backus
Semmes 72kAs above.Larry Backus
Semmes 788kUSS Semmes (DDG-18) Underway in the Atlantic Ocean, October 1975. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 106740Robert Hurst
Semmes 51kNew York June 29 1979.Marc Piché
Semmes 41kThe Narrows, New York June 29 1979.Marc Piché
Semmes 58kNew York June 30 1979.Marc Piché
Semmes 43kNew York June 30 1979.Marc Piché
Semmes 185kGenoa, Italy on November 9 1979.Carlo Martinelli
Semmes 75kNovember 1 1983, aerial starboard view of the amphibious assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) refueling the guided missile destroyer USS Semmes (DDG 18), foreground, during Exercise AHUAS TARA II, taking place off the coast of Honduras.Fred Weiss
Semmes 196kDN-SC-84-11768. Caribbean Sea, November 1 1983, a starboard bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) refueling the guided missile destroyer USS Semmes (DDG 18), during Exercise AHUAS TARA II, off the coast of Honduras. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Semmes 166kMissile firing in the Mediterrranean, circa mid 80's.Keith Freeman
Semmes 143kMediterrranean, circa mid 80's.Keith Freeman
Semmes 349kUSS Semmes (DDG-18) passing close aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), Hampton Roads, 03 October 1987.Photographer Don S. Montgomery, USN.
U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-ST-88-OO702.
Robert Hurst
Semmes 173kPersian Gulf in 1988.Keith Freeman
Semmes 149kPersian Gulf in 1988.Keith Freeman
Semmes 70kSeptember 7 1988, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Semmes 111kDN-SC-89-02795. A port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS SEMMES (DDG-18) underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) during Exercise Team Work '88. Photo by PH3 Camerer, September 7 1988.Bill Gonyo
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1989
Wolfgang Hechler

Click here to view the Semmes 1966 NEY Award cook book

Semmes 47kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Semmes 37kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Semmes 30kUndated, in foreign service as D218.Jörg Bihlmayr
Semmes 175kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Semmes 137kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Semmes 78kOn Greek service prior to her pending decommissioning from the Hellenic Navy.Anthony Vrailas
Semmes 29kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
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Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Beacon from 1991 and 1992
Ron Reeves
Semmes 176kDeparting La Spezia on May 7 2001.Carlo Martinelli
Semmes 68kAs Greek KIMON D-218 at Toulon, France, May 21, 2001.Marc Piché
Semmes 69kAs above.Marc Piché
Semmes 35kShip's patch. Cimon (Kimon) (510, Athens-450 BCE, Salamis), was an Athenian statesman and general, and a major political figure of the 470s BC and 460s BC in the ancient city-state (polis) of Athens.Anthony Vrailas/Panagiotis Moschovitis

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Richard Griffiss Alexander    Dec 10 1962 - Jun 12 1964

CDR Robert Oscar Welander    Jun 12 1964 - Dec 17 1965 (Later RADM)

CDR David Frederick Emerson    Dec 17 1965 - Aug 11 1967 (Later VADM)

CDR Richard Amos Dickins    Aug 11 1967 - Jun 10 1969

CDR William Gooding Fisher Jr.    Jun 10 1969 - Apr 10 1971

CDR Ross Riepert Hatch    Apr 10 1971 - Jun 23 1972

CDR Henry Herward Mauz Jr.    Jun 23 1972 - Dec 18 1973 (Later ADM)

CDR John Walfred Nyquist    Dec 18 1973 - Dec 19 1975 (Later VADM)

CDR Frederick Michael Williamson    Dec 19 1975 - Jan 7 1978

CDR Raynor Andrew Kent Taylor    Jan 7 1978 - Dec 10 1979 (Later RADM)

CDR David George Clark    Dec 10 1979 - Feb 19 1982

CAPT Jay Gale McDonald    Feb 19 1982 - Jul 20 1984

CDR Gilbert P. Lauzon    Jul 20 1984 - Sep 15 1986

CDR William Henley Sadler III    Sep 15 1986 - Jan 23 1989

CDR Francis Bunyan Grubb Jr.    Jan 23 1989 - Sep 12 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles Layus
Phone: (865)323-0200

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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