A few months ago, I had some free time while down in DC, so I decided to look in on a landmark that I've admired for a long time.
ex-USS Barry, DD 933. She sits at a pier in the Washington Navy Yard, and she's been kept up and maintained by the Navy as a museum ship since 1984, two years after she was decommissioned following 24 years of active service, including deployments to Vietnam and to the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Barry, shadowing a Soviet freighter off Cuba, with a P-3 Orion overhead.
Barry in November, 2015.
The Shekel and I were aboard her once some years ago. We even visited a couple of the "off limits to everyone except us" areas during our self-guided tour and actually didn't get tossed off when caught not once but twice. I liked those Navy guys.
She's now closed for good, and the Navy is set to tow her off for scrap, probably early this year. It's a sad end indeed to a fine and noble ship, and one that shouldn't go unheralded.
Photos taken from across the river really weren't enough to do this proud ship justice, so I drove over to the Navy Yard and made my way down pierside to take some proper last pics.
Barry's forward 5" gun, with "E" for Excellence.
Can any vets help with these awards?
Mk32 Torpedo launcher, port side.
Motor Whale Boat
Just visible under the canopy is the Barry's ASROC launcher.
OldAFSarge and I checked out on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in Battleship cove this past fall.
Stern 5" gun
Flagstaff is devoid of colors now. That's sad.
This website has probably the most comprehensive collection of Barry photos, inside and out. It's worth the click.
If I hit Wednesday's Powerball, Barry will have a new home. Failing that, she'll be enroute to the breakers' yard in short order and we'll al be that much poorer for the loss.