The USS BARRY
NSCP witnessed history as the USS Barry departed the Anacostia on May 7, 2016.
She was docked in the Anacostia since 1984.
USS Barry (DD-933) was one of eighteen Forrest Sherman–class destroyers of the United States Navy, and was the third US destroyer to be named for Commodore John Barry. Commissioned in 1954, she spent most of her career in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Mediterranean, but also served in the Vietnam War, for which she earned two battle stars. Another notable aspect of her service was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Decommissioned in 1982, she became the "Display Ship Barry (DS Barry), a museum ship at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., in 1984.
Renovation of DS Barry to allow her to continue as a museum ship has been deemed too expensive, and the planned construction of a fixed-span bridge to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, a swing bridge, would trap her at the Washington Navy Yard. An official departure ceremony for the ship took place on 17 October 2015, and she was towed away on 7 May 2016 to be scrapped in Philadelphia.
NSCP, Living Classrooms & Anacostia Riverkeeper boarded the half Shell to witness this historic event. NSCP "escorted" her well beyond the Wilson Bridge as we saluted and thanked her for her service to our country.
Watch as the Barry leaves the Community through the (Soon to be demolished) Frederick Douglass Bridge. The video (top/right) shows the bridge opening to allow the Barry to pass.