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The U.S.S. Semmes was a Charles F. Adams class Guided Missile Destroyer named for Captain Raphael Semmes, C.S.A.N.  Commanding Officer of the C.S.S. Alabama during the United States Civil War.

From www.historychannel.com:

On August 24, 1862...

The C.S.S. Alabama was commissioned at sea off Portugal's Azore Islands, beginning an illustrious career that would see over sixty Union merchant vessels sunk or destroyed by the Confederate raider. Built in secrecy for the Confederacy in Liverpool shipyards, the construction of the Alabama was uncovered by the Union, creating a significant diplomatic crisis between the U.S. government and Britain. Nevertheless, the ship set off into the open seas captained by Confederate Raphael Semmes and manned by an international crew in which Southerners were the minority. Leaving sunk U.S. merchant ships in its wake, the Alabama cruised the Atlantic, rounded Africa, and visited Southeast Asia, before redoubling the Cape of Good Hope back to Europe. On June 11, 1864, the Alabama arrived to Cherbourg, and Captain Semmes requested permission to dock and repair his ship. The U.S. sloop-of-war Kearsarge, which had been pursuing the Alabama, arrived three days later and waited outside of the harbor. On June 19, the Alabama sailed out to meet its foe. However, unlike the sixty-odd merchant ships that the Confederate raider had sunk during its two-year rampage, the Kearsarge was prepared. After an initial exchange of gunfire, the battle quickly turned against the Alabama, which lacked the type of high quality powder and shells necessary to penetrate the Kearsarge's chain-cable armor. Within an hour, the Alabama was reduced to a sinking wreck, and Captain Semmes struck his colors and abandoned ship with the other survivors. While the victorious Union vessel rescued much of the Alabama's surviving crew, Semmes and a number of others were picked up by a British yacht that had been observing the sea battle, and escaped to England.

I was stationed onboard the USS Semmes from January 1983 to December 1984.  I arrived onboard as a First Class Petty Officer and transferred off as a Chief Petty Officer (Surface Warfare).
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The Mediterranean Cruise - 1984 Cruise Book cover. Me on the bridge of the USS Semmes, anchored off San Remo, IT 1984.
Home Up Chief Petty Officers USS Mullinnix (DD-944)
N&MCRC Encino, CA USS Brumby (FF-1044) USS Duncan (FFG-10) NRC Lexington, KY USS Hayler (DD-997)
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