USS BARRY (DD 2)
The first Barry (Destroyer No. 2) was
launched 22 March 1902 by Neafle and Levy Ship and Engine Building Co,
Philadelphia, Pa.; sponsored by Miss Charlotte Adams Barnes, great-grandniece
of Commodore Barry: and commissioned 24 November 1902, Lieutenant N. E. Erwin
Barry was assigned to the 1st Torpedo
Flotilla, Coast Squadron, North Atlantic Fleet, and during the summer of 1903
participated in maneuvers off the New England coast. In December 1903 she
departed the east coast and sailed via the Suez Canal to the Asiatic Station,
arriving in April 1904.
On the Asiatic Station she served with the
1st Torpedo Flotilla, Battleship Squadron, until August 1917, except for two
short periods (2 April-21 December 1908 and 21 October 1912-24 June 1913) out
Barry departed the Philippine Islands, 1
August 1917 and sailed via the Suez Canal for Gibraltar, arriving 20 October.
She escorted merchantmen in the Mediterranean until August 1918 and arrived at
Charleston, S. C., 5 September 1918. She remained there until the end of the
year performing patrol and convoy duties. In January 1919 she left for
Philadelphia Navy Yard where she went out of commission 28 June 1919 and was
USS BARRY (DD 248)
The second Barry (DD-248) was launched 28
October 1920 by New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N. J.; sponsored by Mrs.
Shelton E. Martin, great-grandniece of Commodore Barry, and commissioned with
50 percent complement 28 December 1920, Lieutenant ( junior grade) A. H.
Bamberger, USNR, in command.
Barry was held in reserve commission until
15 November 1921 when she was placed in full commission and reported to the
Atlantic Fleet. In October 1922 she departed Hampton Roads, Va., for the
Mediterranean where she served with the U. S. Naval Detachment in Turkish
Waters until July 1923. Returning to the east coast 10 August 1923 she joined
Destroyer Squadron 14, Scouting Fleet. Later in August and in September, Barry
operated on "plane guard" in the Atlantic for the U.S. Army's "Around
the World Flight" and was stationed between Labrador and Nova Scotia,
Canada. When one of the three Army planes ditched owing to engine trouble,
Barry transported the pilots to Pictou, Nova Scotia, where they boarded a
replacement plane to continue their flight home to Seattle via Boston and
across the United States.
Early in 1925 Barry transited the Panama
Canal and joined the Battle Fleet for maneuvers in the Pacific. She returned to
the east coast in July 1925 and took up routine duties with the scouting Fleet
until February 1932, when she returned to the Pacific for fleet maneuvers. Upon
completion of maneuvers she returned to the Atlantic and was assigned to
Rotating Reserve Destroyer Squadron 19 at Norfolk, 20 December 1932.
Barry was recommissioned at Norfolk 20 June
1933 and on 1 July sailed for San Diego to Join Destroyer Division 7, Scouting
Force. She served with the Scouting Force until May 1936 when she returned to
the Atlantic and for a short time served as flagship of Destroyer Division 8.
Later in 1936 she again returned to the Pacific, joining Destroyer Division 22,
Battle Force. Between January and April 1938 she was in Hawaiian waters and on
21 May 1938 was transferred to Destroyer Division 21, in the Atlantic.
Barry joined Destroyer Division 67 in the
Canal Zone 18 October 1940. Still on duty there when the United States entered
World War II, she was assigned escort and anti-submarine warfare missions
against the German submarine menace in the Atlantic. Early in 1942 Barry
operated in the Caribbean escorting convoys between Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and
Panama; and Curacao and Trinidad. Later in the year and throughout the first
half of 1943 she performed escort duties in the South Atlantic, operating from
Between July and November 1943 she served
as a unit of TG 21.14, a hunter-killer group which operated along the North
Atlantic convoy lanes. The group conducted two sweeps (30 July-10 September and
28 September- 8 November) during which aircraft from Card (CVE-11) sank eight
German submarines. Barry and Goff (DD-247) rescued survivors of Borie (DD-215)
after she was mortally damaged 1 November while sinking the German submarine
U-405 by ramming.
Barry underwent conversion to a high-speed
transport at Charleston Navy Yard, 31 December 1943-17 February 1944
(reclassified APD-29, 15 January 1944). Barry departed the east coast 13 April
1944 for Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, arriving 30 April. Practice amphibious
landings were carried out until 14 August when she sortied for the invasion of
Between 15 and 20 August 1944 she landed
her troops on the Islands of Levant and Port Cros, as well as on the mainland
of France. Between August and December Barry served on escort duty in the
western Mediterranean and then returned to the United States, arriving at
Norfolk 23 December 1944. After brief repairs Barry departed for the Pacific
and arrived at Pearl Harbor 24 March 1945. After training in the Hawaiian
Islands, she arrived off Okinawa 16 May and performed patrol and escort duties
during the occupation of the island.
On 25 May she was attacked by two kamikazes
while on patrol 35 miles northwest of Okinawa. One was shot down, but the other
broke through the barrage and struck Barry below her bridge. Twenty-eight of
her valiant crew were wounded by shrapnel.
The explosion of the plane's gasoline tanks
and bomb ignited fuel oil escaping from Barry's ruptured tanks. The fire
threatened the forward magazine which could not be reached to flood. At 1340,
40 minutes after the plane struck, the commanding officer gave the order to
abandon ship. Barry's boats were lowered and all hands safely cleared the side.
At 1500 the water had risen until the
forward magazine was covered, minimizing the danger of explosion. A skeleton
crew, together with parties from Sims (APD-50) and Roper (APD-20), then
reboarded Barry and the last fires were extinguished at 0630 the next day.
Barry was towed to the anchorage at Kerama
Retto 28 May and found too extensively damaged to warrant repair or salvage.
Stripped of useful gear, she was decommissioned 21 June 1945. Later in the day
she was towed from the harbor of Kerama Retto to be used as a decoy for the
kamikazes. While under tow she was attacked by Japanese suicide planes and sunk
along with her escort, LSM-59.
Barry received the Presidential Unit
Citation as a unit of TG 21.14 and four battle stars for her actions in the
Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.
USS BARRY (DD 933)
The third Barry was laid down on 15 March
1954 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works Corporation; launched on 1 October
1955; sponsored by Mrs. Francis Rogers, a great grandniece of Commodore John
Barry; and commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, Mass., on 7
September 1956; Commander Isaac Campbell Kidd, Jr., in command.
Barry fitted out at the Boston Naval
Shipyard through November, testing her new electronics, ASW gear and gunnery
systems into December. After a brief underway period in Narragansett Bay, she
departed 3 January 1957 for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to continue her shakedown.
Her training exercises were interspersed with port visits to Kingston, Jamaica;
Cuelebra, Puerto Rico, and Santa Marta, Columbia, before she departed for
The destroyer transited the Canal Zone on
26 February and anchored at Salinas, Ecuador, two days later to begin the first
of three "good will" visits to Latin American ports. After a five-day
visit, she departed for Callao, Peru. Arriving 5 March, she hosted the United
States Ambassador to Peru, the Honorable Theodore C. Achilles, and the Prefect
of Callao, before sailing for Valparaiso, Chili, on 9 March. Three days later,
Barry's Captain received official calls from the Chilean provincial governor,
the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Navy, Vice Almirante Francisco O'Ryan;
the American consul to Valparaiso, and the American Commandant, First Naval
Zone; all on the same afternoon. After refueling operations, she cleared
Valparaiso on 17 March, and shaped course for Panama. Transiting the Canal Zone
on 23 March, where she damaged a ships boat boom in Gatun Locks, she reached
Boston on 29 March with her shakedown competed.
The destroyer under went post-shakedown
alterations and repairs at the Boston Naval Shipyard, and cleared the harbor 15
May for a schedule of local operations off New England. On 27 June Barry
departed for Rosslare, Ireland, and her first deployment to Europe. She visited
St. Nazaire, France, and Lisbon, Portugal, before arriving at Gibraltar on the
morning of 16 July. Assigned to the 6th Fleet, the destroyer escorted carriers,
operated as plane guard, and conducted ASW barrier patrols before returning to
Newport, R.I., in August.
On 24 September, after several weeks of
post-deployment repairs and upkeep, she steamed into Narragansett Bay to assist
the Norwegian freighter Belleville which lay aground off Seal Rock. On 26
September, she helped escort the nuclear submarine Seawolf (SSN 575), carrying
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as she conduced a diving demonstration off
Newport. After several months of routine operations, including ASW exercises
and plane guard operations with Forrestal (CVA 59) and Leyte (CV 32), the
destroyer spent May, 1958, preparing for her next deployment to the
Underway 6 June, she transited the Straits of
Gibraltar and reached Rhodes on the morning of 20 June. For the next three
weeks, Barry operated with 6th Fleet, conducted standard ASW exercises, until
14 July when a coup, organized by young military officers, seized Baghdad and
declared a republic in Iraq. The Lebanese government, led by a Christian
president, Camille Chamoun, feared a similar revolution might grow out of a
Pan-Arab insurgency active in the Bekaa, Tripoli, and Beirut. President Camille
Chamoun, following a pro-western policy, immediately requested that the United
States land troops to stabilize the situation between Christians, Muslims, and
Druze. President Eisenhower honored the request and, fearing the spread of
Egyptian and Syrian influence, ordered Marines to Lebanon that same day.
Barry moored at Salonika, Greece, got
underway the next morning, 15 July, to operate with Saratoga (CV 60) as her TG
stood watch over the eastern Mediterranean. She remained in the region,
patrolling the Lebanese coast and escorting carriers, in support of the Marines
ashore. After upkeep alongside Grand Canyon (AD 36) at Izmir, Turkey, and fleet
operations in Augusta Bay, Sicily, she sailed for home 17 September. Entering
Boston Naval Shipyard 14 October, Barry received, after extensive alternations
to her forefoot, the new bow-mounted SQS-23 sonar. Emerging from the yard 17
March, she spent the remainder of the year working up the sonar gear and
carrying out tactical trials out of Newport and Key West. After a brief yard
period at Boston in December, the destroyer conducted routine East Coast
operations through May, 1960.
She cleared Newport on 6 June for a summer
goodwill tour and sonar demonstration cruise to Northern Europe. Before the end
of June, Barry visited Portsmouth, England, and Kiel, Germany, to conduct naval
reviews and in-port sonar demonstrations. During July, when she visited the
Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium, the destroyer's crew found
the regional navies were eager to discuss both technological and security
concerns. And, as Barry conducted four at-sea sonar demonstrations with
friendly submarines, that foreign naval officers were impressed with U.S. naval
technology. In August, after exercises with French and Portuguese diesel
submarines, the destroyer returned to Newport on 31 August.
After local operations, and a port visit to
Montreal, Canada, Barry set out for the Virginia Capes operation areas on 9
January 1961, for hunter-killer ASW exercises. After a brief dry-dock period at
Boston, she ranged the eastern seaboard, conducting tactical tests on her bow
sonar and participating in amphibious exercises, from Guantanamo Bay to
Halifax, Nova Scotia. After another long yard period at the Boston Naval
Shipyard, she departed for the Mediterranean with a task group formed around
Randolph (CVA 15) in June, 1962. The destroyer operated with 6th Fleet for the
next two months, watching a steady flow of Soviet merchant ships sail out of
the Black Sea towards Cuba, before returning to Newport in August for
On 16 October, the day President John F.
Kennedy was shown aerial reconnaissance photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles
and launch sites under construction in Cuba, Barry was still undergoing upkeep
at Newport. On 22 October, when President Kennedy told the nation that he had
initiated "as strict quarantine of all offensive military equipment under
shipment to Cuba," she cleared Newport on the night of 22 October, in
company with Blandy (DD 943), Charles S. Sperry (DD 697) and Keppler (DD 765).
After rendezvous with Essex (CVS 9) on the 26th, she operated as a screening
vessel and plane guard. Two days later, she was detached to operated on ASW
surveillance and, after taking over the task from Bache (DD 470) and Eaton (DD
510), kept a close watch on contact "C-19," a surfaced Soviet
submarine. Barry, at this time well east of the "Quarantine" line,
kept the Foxtrot-class diesel boat under surveillance unit it submerged at 1814
Barry remained on the line, carrying out
patrols, until 8 November when, during refueling operations with Essex, the
destroyer had embarked, via highline transfer, a three-man photographic and
interpreter party. Barry, ordered to investigate a soviet merchantman,
proceeded to her station on the 9th and sighted the merchant ship that evening.
She closed to within 400 yards on the merchantman's starboard quarter,
illuminated the ships' quarter and bow, and identified here as the
Soviet-registry Metallurg Anosov. Trailing astern, Barry followed the merchant
ship, heading east away from the quarantine zone, until morning. After dawn,
the destroyer closed the merchant, to "obtain photographs of deck
cargo," until late morning when she shaped course for Essex for refueling
and transfer of photographic personnel.
With her part in the "Cuban
Quarantine" completed, Barry reached Narragansett Bay on 15 November for
upkeep. She put out to sea for exercises with Essex on 30 November, ranging as
far as Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before
returning to Newport on 21 December. For the next six months, Barry carried out
type-training and ASW exercises before entering the Boston Naval Shipyard in
June 1963 for a scheduled interim overhaul period. Later that summer Barry,
with midshipmen embarked for at-sea training, cruised the eastern seaboard of
the United States. While the midshipmen enjoyed the ports of call, including
New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia, they also had to ride out a hurricane off
The year 1964 saw Barry following a similar
routine of exercises. On 27 March, while bound to Puerto Rico, the destroyer
received a distress call, a serious fire had broken out in the forward hold,
from the stores issues ship Antares (AKS 33). Barry's fire and rescue party,
the first assistance to arrive, helped extinguish the blaze after an 18-hour
battle. A short deployment followed during which Barry participated in a joint
NATO exercise with three German destroyers along the Atlantic coast.
In later July, after Warrington (DD 843)
lost steering control during a highline transfer and damaged Barry, the
destroyer spent a week in Boston Naval Shipyard. Administrative and operational
preparations followed and, on 7 September 1964, Barry sailed for a
three-and-a-half-month deployment in European and Mediterranean waters. After
initial NATO exercises in the Norwegian Sea, during which Barry crossed the
Arctic circle on 21 September, she sailed south for antisubmarine screening
with 6th Fleet. Visits to Valencia and Barcelona, Spain; Palma, Mallorca;
Marseilles and Toulon, France; and Naples, Italy, provided diversion for the
ship's company between U.S. and NATO operations "Teamwork,"
"Masterstroke" and "Steel Pike I." She returned to Newport
on 18 December
In February 1965, Barry ventured south to
the Caribbean for the annual spring training exercises and, in June, acted as
assistant recovery ship for the Gemini Four space shot. The balance of the
summer, highlighted by her winning the Squadron Battle Efficiency "E"
for ASW, was spent preparing for the destroyer's first Western Pacific
deployment. As flagship of DesRon 24, the first group of Atlantic Fleet
destroyers to deploy to Vietnam, she departed Newport with Samuel B. Roberts
(DD 823), Charles S. Sperry, Hawkins (DD 873), Vesole (DD 878),and Ingraham (DD
594) on 29 September. The Norfolk-based Harold E. Ellison (DD 864) and Bache
accompanied the squadron.
Passing through the Panama Canal on 6
October, Barry touched at Hawaii, for a short liberty, and Midway before
crossing the International Date Line the night of 25 October. At 0100, the
"calendar was advanced to the 27th and the 26th of October was lost
forever." After visiting the Japanese ports of Yokosuka and Sasebo, she
reached Subic Bay, in the Philippines, on 17 November, and commenced type
training at the Tabones Naval Gunfire Support Range. Barry cleared Subic Bay on
30 November in company with Task Group 77.7, including Enterprise (CVAN 65),
Bainbridge (DLGN 25), and Samuel B. Roberts for the South China Sea.
Arriving on station at "Point
Dixie," off the coast of South Vietnam, Barry screened the nuclear-powered
carrier during the 2 December air strikes against Viet Cong positions near Bien
Hoa and throughout South Vietnam. Leaving the carrier to continue these
"milk-run" strikes, to allow pilots and crew to become accustomed to
combat, Barry was ordered to the South Vietnamese coast for gunfire support
duty. Steaming slowly up the Saigon River near Vung Tau on the morning of 7
December, she was given orders to bombard Viet Cong positions several miles
east of the river. For two days, her 5-inch guns fired on supply points and
entrenchments, getting credit from Army air spotters for "excellent target
coverage," before moving to the Mekong Delta region. Closing the beach near
the coastal town of Cho Phuoc Hai, Barry continued fire missions in support of
III and IV Naval Zones. After firing some 1500 5-inch rounds, including
opportunity fire near Ba Dong and south of Bung Tau, the destroyer rejoined TG
77.7 on 15 December.
Enterprise, steaming off Danang at
"Point Yankee," launched a series of strikes at north Vietnamese
bridges, roads and supply centers. Barry, screening the carrier as the task
group skirted the Gulf of Tonkin, watched as A-4 Skyhawks and F-4 Phantoms struck
at North Vietnamese anti-aircraft and radar defense systems. Further strikes,
on 22 December, disabled the Uong Bi power complex, the Hai Doung bridge was
bombed the following day, and barges and junks were interdicted offshore.
Christmas was spent at sea, during an uneasy and temporary truce, and January
1966 saw a resumption of the bombing campaign. Barry continued plane guard and
screen duties until 17 January when the entire task group arrived at Subic Bay.
Alongside Piedmont (AD 17), conducting
repairs needed after 48 days of continuous combat operations, the destroyer's
crew expected a week of upkeep at Subic followed by a well-earned liberty in
Hong Kong. On the very next day, however, Barry received orders to get underway
in 36 hours for "special operations" in South Vietnam. After laboring
for two straight nights and a day, the destroyer, assisted by repair crews from
Piedmont, managed to reassemble her machinery in time to steam out of Subic Bay
the morning of 19 January.
Attached to III Marine Amphibious Force
(MAF), Barry was to provide naval gunfire coverage for the 29 January landing
of 5,000 Marines on beaches north of Duc Pho in Quang Ngai province. Three
battalions were landed, by helicopter and landing craft, in the largest combat assault
since Inchon during the Korean War. Despite light rain and rough weather , the
initial stage of Operation "Double Eagle" was competed in two days.
As the Marines moved inland, searching for two suspected NVA regiments, they
encountered scattered Viet Cong guerrillas instead. For the next five days,
Barry, with the cruiser Oklahoma City (CLG 5), provided fire missions for
reconnaissance teams, conducted harassing fire at night, and commanded a South
Vietnamese junk patrol designed to counter VC coastal infiltration.
Detached south on 5 February, to support
1st Cavalry and ARVN units in Operation "Masher-White Wing," Barry
ranged 150 miles of coastline, firing harassing missions against Viet Cong
positions. The destroyer, having fired over 700 5-inch rounds in combat and
hosting several 1st Cavalry officers aboard, departed 15 February for a
well-deserved liberty in Hong Kong.
Clearing the British Crown Colony on 25
February, Barry, after rendezvous with the scattered units of Destroyer
Squadron (DesRon) 24, sailed for Penang, Malaysia. After refueling on 1 March,
and the traditional Shellback ceremony south of Singapore, the destroyers
"chopped" to Atlantic Fleet upon arrival at Cochin, India. A
reception by Indian naval officers followed before the squadron proceeded to
the British Protectorate of Aden. On 12 March Barry transited the Suez Canal,
pushed on to Naples and Barcelona, before stopping to refuel at Gibraltar,
B.C.C. After a final fuel stop at Ponta del Gada, Azores, the destroyers
steamed into Newport, having circumnavigated the globe, on 8 April 1966.
After a month of leave and tender
availability, Barry, and other ships of DesRon 24 conducted two weeks of
torpedo firing, gunnery and engineering training exercises. A brief series of
engineering tests were conducted at Boston Naval Shipyard, preparatory to her
scheduled overhaul the following January, before a midshipman training cruise
and amphibious exercises in June. On 23 July Barry entered the Boston shipyard
again to begin a gunnery evaluation project.
The project, a single-ship evaluation of
the new Mk 86 fire control system, involved the installation of an optical
pulse-compression radar and an experimental gun platform on the destroyer.
While in dry dock, shipyard personnel also completed long-delayed engineering
repairs and installed a new SQS-23 sonar transducer. Departing Boston on 6
September, Barry spend two months operating out of Newport while Lockheed
engineers conducted post-installation tests on the new fire control system.
Operational evaluation followed in mid-November when the destroyer sailed to
Culebra Island in the Caribbean for the shore bombardment phase of the Mk 86
evaluation. On 5 December, Barry departed for Mayport, Florida, and the surface
firing evaluation in the Jacksonville Operating Area. Despite bad weather, and
typical "teething" problems, the tedious process was successfully
finished on 15 December.
Entering Boston Naval Shipyard on 4 January
1967 for overhaul and ASW conversion, Barry was decommissioned on 31 January.
She received, after a fifteen-month alteration, a variable depth sonar array
(VDS), an anti-submarine rocket launcher (ASROC), a new combat information
center (CIC), an enclosed bridge, and completely overhauled propulsion and
electrical systems. Recommissioned 19 April 1968, Commander Thomas H. Sherman
in command, Barry conducted post-overhaul equipment shakedown and shipyard
availability for the following year.
On 26 May 1969, after rearming her weapons
systems, the destroyer departed for a six-week Caribbean cruise. A week of
weapon calibration off St. Croix, and two weeks of refresher training at
Guantanamo Bay, was followed by a Bar Harbor, Maine, port visit in late July.
After rendezvous with Yorktown (CVS 10) ASW Group (HUK) the destroyer steamed
to European waters for a four-month North Atlantic deployment. In between NATO
exercises, including Arctic Circle operations, she visited Antwerp, Oslo,
Bergen, and Le Havre for goodwill visits before sailing for Newport on 1
December. Three days later, appropriately while on plane guard duty, Barry
rescued the crew of a disabled helicopter.
For the next two years, except for a brief
October 1970 deployment to Greece in response to the Jordanian-PLO conflict,
the destroyer operated on a routine schedule of type training, operational
exercises, port visits and annual midshipmen cruises. After a three-month
regular yard period in early 1972, Barry conducted refresher training, gunfire
support qualifications and ASROC firing tests in the Caribbean. Then, as part
of a new forward deployment program, Barry began preparations to change her
homeport to Athens, Greece.
Departing 18 August, she joined 6th Fleet
at Rota, Spain, before sailing into Athens 1 September. Following a month long
stand down, to settle crew and dependents in new housing, Barry began intensive
Fleet operations. NATO exercises with Greek and Turkish ships; goodwill port
visits to Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece; and ASW training, highlighted by the
surfacing of a Soviet Foxtrot-class diesel submarine on 11 January, continued
well into 1973.
On 3 July, Barry received an upgrade to her
AN/SQS-23 sonar at Hellenic Shipyards, Athens. in October, in response to the
soviet naval buildup during the Arab-Israeli war, Barry steamed to join the 6th
Fleet's Amphibious Task Forces. On 16 November, while on reserve station south
of Crete, a Marine CH-46 helicopter from Guadalcanal (LPH 7) lost engine power
during a routine flight while hovering above Barry. The craft, with crewmen
aboard, crashed into the destroyer's ASROC deck, rolled over the starboard
side, and almost immediately sank. While no one on Barry was injured, only two
helicopter crewmen were found by the ship's Motor Whale Boat. Further
contingency operations, mostly as carrier escort, followed until the end of the
The destroyer conducted standard patrol
operations in 1974, highlighted by a month of tense operations during the
Cyprus crisis of August and the tracking of an active sonar contact while
Admiral James L. Holloway, CNO, was aboard on 19 September. In October, she was
dry docked to have her seaweed-fouled hull sandblasted and finished the year in
port after a visit to the French Riviera. After NATO Exercise "Sardinia
75" in April, including type training with Italian ships, Barry began
preparations to leave Athens after the Greek government canceled the naval
Departing 20 July, after 36 months of
forward deployment, the destroyer steamed via Ville Franche, France; Palma de
Mallorca and Rota, Spain, before arriving at Philadelphia on 20 August. The
remainder of the year was spent in port. Except for her participation in the
200th Navy birthday celebration in New York City, the remainder of the year was
spend conducting training exercises or in port. In February 1976, after
training off the Virginia Capes, she entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for
her first major overhaul period since 1968.
Barry remained in the yard until 9 February
1977 when she departed for sea trials. She transferred her homeport to Mayport,
Florida, on 4 March and began a series of shakedown exercises, including
weapons qualifications training, which culminated in her fifth deployment to
the Mediterranean. She rendezvoused with America (CV 66) on 29 September,
steamed to Lisbon, Portugal, and then onto Naples, Italy, before joining 6th
Feet operations. On the night of 10 November, Barry assisted in the successful
rescue, primarily with boats and searchlights, of two crewmembers of an
aircraft that had ditched on approach to America. After several missile
exercises, ASW training, and a port visit to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, Barry
finished out her year moored alongside Yosemite (AD 19) in Naples, Italy.
Following a routine visit to Ville Franche,
France, Barry steamed through the Straits of Messina in response to an Eastern
Mediterranean cruise by units of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. Between 24 January
and 3 February 1978, the destroyer shadowed Kiev (TAKR) and Moska (PKR) Task
Group while it operated in the Levantine Basin. Barry observed and evaluated
Kiev's underway replenishment ability, flight operations and sea keeping
characteristics before returning to Italy. Following "Exercise Sardinia
78," part of NATO's National Week XIV, Barry began a series of exercises off
Sicily and Valencia, Spain, before departing for Mayport, Florida, 14 April.
Underway again in late June, the destroyer operated in the Mayport and
Chesapeake Bay areas until early August when she prepared for a northern
European cruise. Departing 22 August, as part of Exercise "Common
Effort," Barry helped demonstrate NATO's capability to replenish Europe by
sea. Operation "Northern Wedding," a major NATO exercise, took place
in early September and was followed by a routine port visit to Copenhagen,
Denmark. Another NATO exercise, "BALTOP's 78," took place in the
Skaggerak and Baltic Sea with units of Germany, Holland and Norway, through 3
October. Barry then sailed to Helsinki, Finland, her first visit since 1960,
before port visits at Bremen, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She also
stopped at Middleborough, U.K., for the Captain James Cook (RN) Festival,
before sailing for home. After a brief stop at the Azores to refuel, the
destroyer arrived at Mayport 8 November for upkeep.
The new year began with ASW and naval
gunfire support operations off Jacksonville and Puerto Rico until February when
she underwent repair and maintenance availability in preparation for another
Mediterranean deployment. The destroyer, in company with Battle Group 2 (BG2),
reached Gibraltar 24 March to begin a series of port visits. Barry, on a
routine cruise to "show the flag," visited Tunis, Tunisia; Crotone,
Italy; Monaco; Toulon, France; and La Spezia, Italy, before participating in
National Week XXV with Italian naval units.
Underway on 2 June 1979, in company with
Sampson (DDG 10), Barry sailed for the Suez Canal, transiting the waterway on 6
June in route to Djibouti. After a refueling stop, and detaching from Sampson,
she proceeded on to Karachi, Pakistan, for a routine port visit. On arrival 16
June, she wore the flag of Rear Admiral Samuel H. Packer II, Commander Middle
East Forces. Due to the revolutionary events in Iran, the Islamic Republic
having been declared 1 April, Barry's next orders deployed her into the Persian
Gulf to support American civilians/personnel in Iran and reassure friendly
countries in the region. Arriving at Bahrain on 23 June, she underwent repair
availability before starting patrol operations in the Gulf on 4 July. After a
port visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., she conducted surveillance and
counter-terrorist patrols in the Straits of Hormuz. Joined by the Sultan of
Oman Navy in these patrols, interspersed with fuel stops at Muscat, Oman and
Sitra, Bahrain, continued until 31 July when Barry departed for Djibouti. After
a brief fuel stop, she visited Victoria, Seychelles, for a port visit before
rendezvousing with Sampson and Elmer Montgomery (FF 1082) on 20 August for
return to the Mediterranean. She transited the Suez Canal on 25 August and
eventually rejoined BG-2 at Rota, Spain. Underway for Mayport, Florida, soon
after the destroyer arrived home 21 September for post-deployment leave and
upkeep. The remainder of the year was spent conducting local operations out of
Mayport and preparations for a scheduled overhaul the following year.
On 17 January 1980, Barry's homeport was
changed to Boston and the following day, she entered Bethlehem Steel Shipyard,
Boston, for a yearlong regular overhaul. The crew, once hull maintenance began,
moved into quarters ashore as extensive repair and overhaul of the engineering
plant, electronic suite and weapons systems were performed. She departed
dry-dock on 7 August and moored alongside pier #2 to complete the remaining
repair work. Ultimately, Barry got underway on 31 March 1981 for her shakedown.
Over the next few months, the ship ranged from Newport to the Virginia Capes,
working to rejoin the fleet, spending much of that time on local operations in
the Narragansett Bay area. While conducting further refresher training in the
Bahamas and at Guantanamo Bay, operations were suddenly canceled when the ship
received a message directing her to return to Newport to prepare for a Middle
Barry sailed for her assignment on 10 November
1981, bound for Hamilton, Bermuda, on the first leg of her transit of the
Atlantic. The ship then pressed on for the Azores, and thence into the
Mediterranean, ultimately transiting the Suez Canal on 26-27 November. Joining
an Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) formed around Saipan (LHA 2), Raleigh (LPD
1), and Barnstable County (LST 1197), Barry helped escort these ships through
the Bab el Mandeb Straits on the 29th. Steaming separately, the destroyer
touched at Djibouti for fuel on 30 November, before joining with the battle
group formed around Coral Sea (CV 42) on 1 December.
Barry remained with that unit for a week,
acting as screen and naval gunfire support ship during Operation "Bright
Star '82." Following the exercise, the destroyer escorted the ARG's ships
back through the Straits of Bab el Mandeb before Barry proceeded on to
Mombassa, Kenya, arriving there on 21 December. She tarried at Mombassa for the
remainder of 1981, departing the Kenyan port on 2 January 1982 for the Persian
Gulf. Patrol operations in the Gulf lasted through February until 9 March when
the destroyer turned for home. She reached Newport, via Malaga, Spain, on 9
Over the ensuing months, Barry's schedule
of operations was fairly light; she provided support for the American Sail
Training Association's "Tall Ships '82" race, visited Bristol, R.I.,
and served as escort and host ship for the Italian cruiser Duilo during that
ship's visit to New York City and Philadelphia.
On 1 September, as part of a destroyer
replacement program, the ship was ordered to commence decommissioning stand
down. On 5 November 1982, Barry was decommissioned. Five days later, under tow
of Papago (ATF 160), she was on her way to the Inactive Ship Facility at the
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, reaching that facility on the 12th. Ultimately, in
1984, the destroyer was brought to the Washington Navy Yard. She lies moored in
the Anacostia River and serves as a distinctive attraction for visitors to the
historic area, her former ASROC magazine converted to a display area and with
some of her internal areas opened for visitors to tour.
Barry earned two battle stars for her
service in the Vietnam War.
USS BARRY (DDG 52)
The fourth Barry (DDG 52) was launched on
10 May 1991 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc. and was commissioned into the U.S.
Atlantic Fleet on 12 December 1992, being placed under the command of Commander
Gary Roughead. The Commissioning ceremony took place at Naval Station
Pascagoula in Mississippi.
On 21 October 1993, Captain Gary Roughead,
Barry's first commanding officer was relieved by Commander James G. Stavridis.
In November 1993, Barry received orders to
proceed to Haiti to take part in Operation Support Democracy. Barry's duties
included enforcing the embargo.On 20 May 1994, Barry departed Norfolk, Virginia
on her first Mediterranean deployment. During Barry's maiden deployment, she
served alongside the USS George Washington as the backdrop for the 50th
anniversary of D-Day. Barry also sailed the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas as
"Red Crown" in support of the No-Fly Zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On 7 October 1994, Barry received orders to
proceed to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's massing of troops on the
Kuwaiti border. In what would become known as Operation Vigilant Warrior,
Barry's participation included escort of both the George Washington and an
amphibious assault group to anchorage off Kuwait City. Barry also served as
alternate Persian Gulf Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator (AAWC), and principal
Tomahawk strike platform during the crisis. Barry received a Meritorious Unit
Commendation, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal,
and the NATO Medal for her actions during the deployment and returned home to
Norfolk, Virginia on 17 November 1994.
In October of 2004, Barry departed for the
Persian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as
part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group. This deployment
was part of Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft
carrier strike groups (CSGs) which demonstrated the ability of the Navy to
provide credible combat power across the globe within five theaters and with
other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse was the Navy’s
first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). During this deployment,
Barry also participated in Somalia Operations in the Horn of Africa (HOA).
Barry returned from this deployment in March of 2005.
In May of 2006, Barry deployed to West
Africa and the Mediterranean Sea as an independently steaming unit. She
participated in a port visit in Nigeria, as well as Joint Task Force Lebanon.
Barry returned from this cruise in November of 2006.
During April and May of 2008, Barry
participated in Exercise Joint Warrior 08-01 in the North Atlantic. This was a
multi-lateral NATO exercise involving ships from over eight countries. Barry
departed for a Mediterranean Sea/Persian Gulf deployment as part of Standing
NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) in August of 2008.
In March of 2011,
Barry participated in and Operation Odyssey Dawn. Barry fired 55 Tomahawk
cruise missiles to suppress the Libyan air defense system in support of
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. On 28 March, Barry assisted a
U.S. Navy P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron Five and an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft
attacking a group of three Libyan Coast Guard boats which were firing upon
In late August 2013
she was ordered, alongside her sister ships Gravely, Mahan and Ramage to patrol
the eastern Mediterranean Sea in response to rising rumors of an imminent
military intervention in the Syrian civil war.
In early 2016, Barry
conducted a hull swap with USS Lassen.
Barry is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th
Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the
Barry has received many awards, including
the Battenberg Cup for the years 1994, 1996, and 1998, earning her the nickname
"Battenberg Barry" in the late 1990s. She has also been awarded the
Battle E award 4 times, and received the Golden Anchor and Silver Anchor Awards
for retention. More recently, in 2004 the Barry received the Arleigh Burke
Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet.