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The fifth Decatur (DDG-73) was laid down on 11 January 1996 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; launched on 9 November 1996, sponsored by Mrs. Joan E. Shalikashvili, wife of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and commissioned 19 June 1998, Cmdr. Michael G. Knollmann in command. Decatur was the 23rd Arleigh Burke Class destroyers authorized by Congress to be built.