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USS Barry (DD-933)

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USS Barry (DD-933) 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.

USS Barry (DD-933) 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, USS Barry (DD-933) departed 3 January 1957 for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to continue her shakedown. 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. After a brief yard period at Boston in December, USS Barry (DD-933) conducted routine East Coast operations through May, 1960.

Before the end of June, USS Barry (DD-933) 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. 1963 for a scheduled interim overhaul period. Later that summer USS Barry (DD-933), with midshipmen embarked for at-sea training, cruised the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The year 1964 saw USS Barry (DD-933) following a similar routine of exercises. In February 1965, USS Barry (DD-933) 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. After a month of leave and tender availability, USS Barry (DD-933)  and other ships of DesRon 24 conducted two weeks of torpedo firing, gunnery and engineering training exercises.

Entering Boston Naval Shipyard on 4 January 1967 for overhaul and ASW conversion, USS Barry (DD-933) 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, USS Barry (DD-933) conducted post-overhaul equipment shakedown and shipyard availability for the following year. 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.

On 1 September, as part of a destroyer replacement program, the ship was ordered to commence decommissioning standdown. On 5 November 1982, USS Barry (DD-933) was decommissioned.

For a complete history of USS Barry (DD-933)  please see its DANFS page.