USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931)
|Namesake:||Forrest P. Sherman|
|Ordered:||10 March 1951|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||27 October 1953|
|Launched:||5 February 1955|
|Commissioned:||9 November 1955|
|Decommissioned:||5 November 1982|
|Struck:||27 July 1990|
|Fate:||materials removed by other museum ships in June, 2011|
|Status:||Sold for scrapping 15 December 2014|
|Class and type:||Forrest Sherman-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2800 Tons Standard, 4050 Tons full load as built, up to ~4600 Tons later|
|Length:||418 feet (127.4 meters)|
|Beam:||45 feet (13.7 meters)|
|Draft:||20 feet (6.1 meters) as built, 22 feet (6.7 meters) later mod.|
|Propulsion:||4 1200 psi boilers, 2 geared steam turbines; 2 shafts|
|Range:||4,500 miles @ 20 knots|
|Armament:||3x Mk-42 DP 5 in (130 mm)/54 caliber guns in single turrets, 2 Dual 3 in (76 mm)/50 caliber AA guns, Dual Hedgehog Launchers, 4 single 21-inch tubes amidships as built. Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes in two triple mounts later|
|Aircraft carried:||None; DASH planned for DDG conversions|
Forrest Sherman was laid down by the Bath Iron Works Corporation at Bath, Maine on 27 October 1953, launched on 5 February 1955 by Mrs. Forrest P. Sherman, widow of Admiral Sherman and commissioned on 9 November 1955, Commander R. S. Crenshaw in command.
After a year of initial training and fitting out, Forrest Sherman arrived at her home port, Newport, R.I., 15 January 1957. Two days later she sailed for Washington, D.C., where she was open for public visiting during the week of the second inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. From Newport, Forrest Sherman sailed on training and fleet exercises along the east coast and in the Caribbean, until the summer of 1957, when she took part in the midshipman cruise to South America and the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads on 12 June.
On 3 September 1957, Forrest Sherman sailed for NATO Operation Strikeback, screening a carrier striking group in exercises off Norway. She called at Plymouth, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark, before returning to Narragansett Bay on 22 October. In preparation for her first deployment to the Mediterranean, the destroyer took part in amphibious exercises off Puerto Rico in July 1958, and arrived at Gibraltar on 10 August. She patrolled the eastern Mediterranean through the rest of the month, then sailed to join the 7th Fleet in its operations off Taiwan in support of the threatened islands of Quemoy and Matsu. Sailing eastward to complete a cruise around the world, Forrest Sherman returned to Newport on 11 November.
During the summer of 1959, Forrest Sherman joined in Operation Inland Seas, the cruise of a task force into the Great Lakes in celebration of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She served as escort to the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II embarked for the naval review on Lake St. Louis on 26 June, then sailed on to entertain over 110,000 visitors at Great Lakes ports. Returning to Newport, Forrest Sherman took part in coastal exercises with the Atlantic Fleet, then underwent minor repairs and alterations in the Boston Naval Shipyard.
More training exercises began in 1960 for the destroyer, and on 21 March she sailed on a 7-month cruise to the Mediterranean and duty with the 6th Fleet. En route home in October, Forrest Sherman came to the aid of the Liberian freighter Allen Christensen who had a severely injured man on board. Taking off the patient in a motor whaleboat at night, Forrest Sherman sped him to Bermuda, site of the nearest hospital. The destroyer arrived at Newport on 15 October and some four weeks later entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for major overhaul, lasting into 1961.
Forrest Sherman was decommissioned on 5 November 1982, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 July 1990 and sold for scrap to the Fore River Shipyard and Iron Works at Quincy, Massachusetts on 11 December 1992. When the company went bankrupt she was resold to N. R. Acquisition Incorporated of New York City by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court.
The ship was 'recovered' by the Navy and berthed in the Inactive Ship Facility at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She was eventually put on a list for donation for museum status. In 2006, Congress passed Pub.L. 109-163, the National Defense Authorization Act 2006, which authorized the transfer of Forrest Sherman to the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation Inc, a group that planned on moving the ship to Indian River Inlet, Delaware to restore it as a museum. These plans fell through and the ship was removed from donation hold in 2011. Volunteers from other museum ships were allowed to remove useful parts/equipment in June, 2011.
The Forrest Sherman was finally sold for scrapping 15 December 2014, and was scrapped by the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services on 1 January 2016.
- Navy Unit Citation
- Navy Expeditionary Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with star
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.