DD-872 General Specifications
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 3460 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Draft: 14 feet 4 in
Flank Speed: 36 Knots
Final Disposition: Sold to the Turkish Navy for 153000 in 1971 Scrapped 19
USS FORREST ROYAL (DD-872)
Forrest Royal (DD-872) was launched 17 January 1946 by Bethlehem Steel Co.
N.Y. sponsored by Miss Katharine K. Royal
daughter of Admiral Royal and commissioned 29 June 1946
Commander J. M. Clute in command.
Forrest Royal's operations in the period prior to the Korean War illustrated the varied capability of the modern destroyer
and the wide range of missions which such ships are assigned. She conducted special tests for the Bureau of Ships in the Caribbean
served as plane guard and escort for carriers
took part in the development of antisubmarine warfare and fired in shore bombardment exercises. Usually based at Pensacola
she visited many ports in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
On 26 September 1950
Forrest Royal sailed from Guantanamo Bay for duty in the Korean War
arriving at Sasebo 27 October. Her first assignment was as flagship for the minesweeping at Chinnampo
a port essential to supply operations for the 8th Army. The destroyer's other activities included shore bombardment
and escort all around the Korean coast
and extensive operations with carrier task forces conducting air strikes. She sailed for home 6 June 1951
returning to Norfolk 2 July.
Forrest Royal's next deployment
between 26 August 1952 and 29 January 1953
was for a combination of NATO exercises off the coast of Norway
visits to principal ports in northern Europe
2 months with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean
and antisubmarine exercises with British ships off Northern Ireland. Through the next year and a half
the destroyer sailed out of Newport
for exercises along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean
often serving with carriers out of Pensacola
During a cruise round the world between 2 August 1954 and 14 March 1955
Forrest Royal sailed westward to serve with the 7th Fleet in Japanese and Philippine waters
thence onward to the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal to join the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean
returning across the Atlantic to Newport. She made her next visit to the Mediterranean between 14 September 1956 and 3 April 1957
and during the Suez Crisis
patrolled along the Egyptian and Levant coasts. Assigned to service in the Persian Gulf
and Gulf of Suez
Forrest Royal made the long voyage around the African continent for this duty
since the Suez Canal was still blocked.
Forrest Royal took part in a midshipman cruise to South America in the summer of 1957 as well as the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads on 12 June. NATO operations took her to European waters once more that fall
and on 11 July 1958
she sailed from Newport for Morehead City
where amphibious ships of her force embarked marines for landing exercises at Puerto Rico. This task force cleared San Juan 1 August to land the marines at Beirut
20 to 28 August
reinforcing the troops earlier landed in the Navy's immediate response to the outbreak of Middle Eastern trouble. Forrest Royal sailed on through the Suez Canal to bring her additional strength to the 7th Fleet as it intensified its activities in the Taiwan Straits in response to renewed Communist shelling of Quemoy and Matsu through September. Her homeward bound passage was by way of Capetown
and she returned to Newport 18 November.
A highlight of Forrest Royal's operating schedule in 1959 was her participation in Operation "Inland Sea
" the movement of a major naval task force into the Great Lakes in connection with the ceremonial opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She joined in the naval review on Lake St. Louis 26 June taken by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
and called at United States and Canadian ports to greet thousands of visitors. In March 1960
she sailed once more to the Mediterranean to serve with the 6th Fleet and added a brief tour with the Middle East force prior to her return to the States in October. She operated out of Newport for the remainder of the year.
Forrest Royal received four battle stars for Korean War service.
[Note: The above USS FORREST ROYAL (DD-872) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORREST ROYAL (DD-872) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]