Navy sets date for decommissioned ship USS Barry departure
WASHINGTON – The Navy today announced it has set the departure date of the decommissioned ship USS Barry (DD 933) for May 7 from the Washington Navy Yard.
Preparations have begun to tow the ship down the Anacostia River to the Potomac River and then on to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Office in Philadelphia pending future movement to a ship recycling facility.
USS Barry, also referred to as Display Ship Barry, must be removed before construction begins in fall 2016 on the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which will be a fixed span that otherwise would land-lock the ship.
The movement of the ship down the Anacostia and then south down the Potomac River will impact traffic in the southeast DC area due to the requirement to open the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.
Additionally, the entire Navy Yard section of the riverwalk will be closed during that time. Viewing of the tow operation from the Navy section of the riverwalk will not be permitted.
USS Barry was decommissioned on Nov. 5, 1982 and began its new career as a permanent public display ship in 1983. It has also been used for training, shipboard familiarization and ceremonies.
After more than 30 years as the display ship at the Washington Navy Yard and its ineligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the DS Barry was designated for disposal last year.
USS Barry was the third Forrest Sherman-class destroyer built and the fourth vessel to bear the name of the illustrious Revolutionary War naval hero, Commodore John Barry.
Commissioned on Sept. 7, 1956, USS Barry served 26 years in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet.
The ship supported the 1958 Marine and Army airborne unit landing in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 1962, it was a member of the task force that quarantined Cuba in response to evidence that Soviet missiles had been installed on the island.
In Vietnam, the destroyer operated near the Mekong Delta and supported Operation Double Eagle, the largest amphibious operation since the landings in Korea. Barry was credited with destroying over 1,000 enemy structures, and for its service in the Vietnam conflict Barry earned two battle stars.
In the early 1970s USS Barry was homeported in Athens, Greece, as part of the Navy’s forward deployment program.
For more information about DS Barry, contact the Naval Support Activity Washington Public Affairs Office at 443-292-6653 or visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/nsa_washington/about/installation_guide/display_ship_barry.html.