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USS Barry DD933 Washington Navy Yard
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No: 4613   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2003   Country: USA
USS Barry DD933 Washington Navy Yard

Photographed on 17 July 2003 in Washington DC.
Commissioned as the third FORREST SHERMAN class destroyer, the USS BARRY was the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. In the mid-1960s, BARRY was one of the eight FORREST SHERMAN class destroyers chosen to receive an anti-submarine warfare capability upgrade which included the replacement of one of the Mk-42 5-inch guns with a Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher. The ships that underwent the conversion then formed the BARRY - class.
Of note is an incident on 27 September 1963, at Newport, Rhode Island, when the USS Barry accidentally discharged a torpedo into the deckhouse of the USS Decatur, which was moored alonside. Fortunately there were no injuries or significant damage.
USS BARRY was decommissioned after more than 26 years of service on November 5, 1982. She was stricken from the Navy list on January 31, 1983, and has since then been berthed at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, where she serves as a museum ship.
Keel laid: March 15, 1954, Launched: October 1, 1955, Commissioned: July 9, 1956, Decommissioned: November 5, 1982
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four 1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts, Propellers: two
Length: 413 feet (125.9 metres), Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load
Speed: 32+ knots
Armament: two Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher
Crew: 17 officers, 287 enlisted men
Picture added on 12 April 2008
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While still in 1st Division and on an especially long sea-and-anchor detail on a snowy day in December 1969, we were snaking our way through the fjords, doing 5 knots on our way to Bergen, Norway. A little snow was not going to prevent our Commanding Officer from ordering his crew to apply a fresh coat of haze-gray paint to all topside surfaces. I was one of the lucky ones that was lowered over the side on a 2x12 plank, complete with life jacket and foul-weather clothing, inches off the river surface and water lapping over the plank. Got to make my Barry look good!

Added by James MacAvoy on 09 March 2009.
To James MacAvoy, I was also on that cruise, if it don't move paint it. While a deck ape I also got the chance to go over the side and paint the anchor. The only time you be alone.

Added by Muller,Francis on 16 March 2009.
I have some photo's of the Barry, in the north Atlantic and some frim Newport, Rhode Island. How can I send them to be posted.

Editor: Hi Francis, see home / front page bottom part for details how to add photos. Looking forward seeing them on this site!

Added by Muller,Francis on 23 March 2009.
I have a picture of 'her' in the Kiel Canal in Germany in 1959, I believe it's 1959. I visited her two years ago in Washington DC, what an honor. I spent 43 months on board 1957-1961.

Added by JAMES C. TOTTEN on 02 August 2009.
Speaking of deck apes, I was one of the first 5 deck apes who pulled her out of Philadelphia in 1983. We then went to Baltimore, where the sonar dome was cut off so she could make it up the Potomac at the Navy Yard. We worked hard, sun up to sun down to make opening day. I didn't last long as a tour guide though. I don't think the CO liked my new tattoo very much!

Added by John Everett on 09 March 2011.
While the Barry was in the Boston Naval Shipyard in 1967, she had the IVDS sonar system and ASROC anti-submarine system installed. That was 2 1/2 years before I reported aboard in July of 1969. I stayed on board until February of 1973. I was a GMG3 when while on one of our many trips to Gitmo. By that time I was assigned to the IVDS system, as it was a GMG billet to take care of the on-deck portion of the system. I also stood watches inside the cab and launched and recovered the "fish". I had the 'honor' of being in the cab during a particular ASROC launch during a Gitmo training and became the first ship to score a direct hit on the submarine (I can't remember her name). When I say direct, I mean the dummy torpedo that separated from the ASROC missle ACTUALLY hit the side of the sub. And I had a habit of taking pictures of ASROC launches through the tiny porthole in the cab's door. I had (lost through time) a pic of the rocket launch that hit the sub. Before our final Gitmo training exercise was over, we had orders to report to our new homeport in Athens, Greece, the captain of that sub invited 10 members of the Sonar team to spend a day aboard it while the Barry performed her anti-sub exercises on the surface. The STGC said I could be one of the 10. What a trip! It was a WWII diesel sub, but what an eye opening experience!

Added by BadMac on 09 March 2011.
badmac is my online name. My real name is James MacAvoy. If anyone can remember the name of that submarine we always operated with between 1969 and late 1972, please post it.

Added by James MacAvoy on 09 March 2011.
I met one of your crew while on there visit to Penzance Cornwall Aug 1960. Happy Happy few days first love name Steve Bailey. Often wonder how his life panned out. Maybe visit Uss Barry when I visit my daughter later thie year.Elaine Turner

Added by Elaine Turner was Kitchen. on 04 July 2012.
I'd like to find a picture of the Barry while on her goodwill cruise to northern Europe in '61'. We had the fan tail covered in white tarps, and palm trees and sand on the deck. Anyone have a pic of that. I did have one, but dear sister lost it. She was one beautiful ship in port. We were on our way to Stalingrad when Powers got shot down over Russia.

Added by R. Anderson on 25 May 2014.
Elaine Turner, I was on the Barry at that time. I met a young lady there. Her father owned the Penzance hotel. Her name was Angela. Always regretted not keeping in touch with her. A fine lass and a beautiful person. My loss. I had some major problems back in the states, and things just didn't work out the way I wanted. Nothing drastic or illegal, just home problems. We left Penzance and went to the Isle of Wight for the regatta held there. Do you have a picture of the Barry in port?

Added by R. Anderson on 28 May 2014.
Did you know a Steve Bailey. I think he was from Oaklahoma.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 16 July 2014.
Hi Mr Anderson. I do hope you liked Penzance Cornwall England when you paid a visit in Aug 1960. It seems strange knowing somebody that served on USS Barry. I often wished I had accepted his offer of marriage but things don't always work out as we would like. My daughter married an American ex serviceman but he left her after 6 months. Not nice. She still lives in America in Portland Oregon. Just on line to her to book for me to visit in sept for 3 months. Regards Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 16 July 2014.
The girl I knew in Penzance was Angela Burke. Her dad owned the Penzance club there. I really cared for her. Just didn't work out for me with the problems in the states. Again, nothing illegal, just family. Never even had the guts to tell Angela about the problem. I wish sometimes I could go back and tell her what happened. I did meet someone in Gottenberg that I really fell for. Unfortunately, that didn't work out either. Just to young and immature. My loss for sure.

Added by R. Anderson on 17 July 2014.
Elaine, There are some that I remember, but not him. The name is familiar, but I can't put a face to it. In reply to your question, I enjoyed the visit and that port. I've been taking my wife on cruises to some of the places I visited while in the navy. However, that's not one of them yet. Maybe someday.

Added by R. Anderson on 17 July 2014.
Hello again mr Anderson. I do not know your first name so it sounds very formal. I was born at Newlyn near Penzance and was on holiday from London when. Your ship put into Mounts Bay. I do hope you enjoyed you visit to my County, it's very beautiful. I didn't think you would be able to remember all of the crew on the Barry. I have a great picture of him and myself walking along the promenade. He had such blond hair, great personality, ang good company. Maybe someone else who served on board may remember him. I do hope you get to visit Cornwall with your wife, I am sure she would love it. Regards Elaine and once again thanks for sending me a reply.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 18 July 2014.
Hello again Mr Anderson, just been reading Steves last letter to me. On the envelope it said M division. Would you know what that means? Regards Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 20 July 2014.
I would think he was a machinist mate, but I'm not sure. However, the crew on board the ship at the time was pretty much hand picked. The captain was great, and we had an admiral on board with his staff. I remember some of the crew, but not as many as I should. Must be an age thing. You might want to look up the crew from that time and find him that way. Not quite sure how to go about that, but if you type in the ship, the years and then crew members, it may come up. Let me know how you make out, and I'll try it myself for the heck of it. He must have made a pretty good impression on you, and that's good. Take care of yourself and I'll reply when and if I find out anything.

Added by R. Anderson on 22 July 2014.
That's really kind of you. I don't think they would let a Brit view the ships crew list, security and all that. Yes he made a great impression on me, you just know it was love at first sight and that's one memory you never loose. I will be 74 this year and in remission for cancer so would love to know if he has had a happy life. He used to write to me at an address in Ferndale Road. Forst Gate London just a few more details for you in case you manage to find him. I would be so happy if you manage to find out anything. Thank you once again. Still do not know your Christian name so thank you Mr Anderson.take care. Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 23 July 2014.
Elaine, Type in USS Barry Crew of 1960s. I don't see a Steve Bailey listed, but that doesn't mean much. I didn't see my name on that list either. I actually tried two or three different sources, and they all came up with the same listings. I gather from your comments, you're about the same age as I am. I'm now in my early/mid 70's. Been a long time since I was on that ship. I did see several of my shipmates on that list though. By the way, the first name is Rich. There's a Rich Anderson on that list, but it's not me. He was on the ship two years after I was. You can send a reply to my e-mail address if you'd like. It's as follows:

Added by R. Anderson on 23 July 2014.
Hello again Mr Anderson. Just been face timing my daughter in Oregon and I told her USS Barry was moored at Washington. She said was that WashingtonDV or Washington State. She said maybe we can visit it sometime when I come over. I travel over to your Wonderful Country on the 12 th Septrmber and return on the 8 th December. I just cannot wait to see my daughter again. She has booked us a week in Mexico, each yeah is somewhere new but nothing compares to our first holiday in Hawai. We went to Maui , paradise on earth. Thanks again for your help. Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 23 July 2014.
Hello Rich, so nice to have a name. Thanks for looking at the crews lists for me, I tried and I found the list but no Steve Bailey was mentioned. Maybe you could ask a few of your former shipmates if they heard of Steve or if there was another way we could find out. I really do appreciate all you have tried, I just hope I can find out about him someday. My e mail is elaineturner40@ Next time I go home to Cornwall I may try and find the lady you mentioned. I don't know where you live in the USA but I will be in Oregon in Sept. Did I tell you we are having a week in Mexico, the hotel looks brilliant. Take care and please e mail me anytime. Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 24 July 2014.
Hello Rich, tried to e mail you but it keeps being returned. Can you please check that the e mail you gave me is correct as I would like to send you a photograph of Steve. Regards Elaine.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 24 July 2014.
Elaine, The Barry is in the naval shipyard in DC. I haven't kept in touch with anyone from the ship. I was on two other ships while I was in the navy. I was transferred to another ship that was in need of my rating, and then to another ship during the Cuban Missile crisis. Then, discharged from the naval yards in Philadelphia. I'll continue this with your e-mail.

Added by R. Anderson on 24 July 2014.
Elaine, I sent two e-mails with your address on them. I wasn't sure if the was a type error or not, so I sent it out that way and also with One of them should be right. If I were you, I'd send an e-mail to anyone on the ship during the '60 to '61' years. Most of the crew members listed had e-mail addresses listed for them. Depending on his age, you might want to include '59' also. I went aboard ship right out of my 9 month naval schooling.

Added by R. Anderson on 24 July 2014.
Does anybody know of a Steve Bailey that served on USS Barry DD933 M division. Any crew members on board 1959 1960 or later that did a tour to the Uk August 1960. They came into Mounts Bay Penzance Cornwall UK. I have been speaking to one serving member who was on board at that time but the above name I would love to contact to see how his life has been .thanks all Elaine Turner nee Kitchen.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 25 July 2014.
I would love to find a Steve Bailey M division USS Barry that came to the uk on a goodwill visit to Penzanca Cornwall August 1960. I have heard from one crew member that remembers that visit, so I am sure there must be others that perhaps was a friend of Steves on board.

Added by Elaine turner nee kitchen on 27 July 2014.
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