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U.S.S. FORREST SHERMAN

(DD-931)

LAST OF THE GREAT GUN SHIPS

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USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931) - a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

In Commission 1955 to 1982

DD-931 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1953-Keel Date: 27 OCT 1953
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
FEB1955-Launch Date: 5 FEB 1955
AUG1955-Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1955 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1955-Commissioned: 9 NOV 1955
AUG1956-Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1959-AUG1959Great Lakes
OCT1961-Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1961-Shellback Initiation - 7 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1961-Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1962-SEP1963Mediterranean
JAN1962-SEP1963Mediterranean
NOV1963-JAN1964Guantanamo Bay
MAY1964-OCT1964Mediterranean
FEB1966-JUL1966Mediterranean
NOV1968-JUN1969Mediterranean
JAN1970-MAR1970Caribbean
APR1970-NOV1970North Atlantic
MAY1971-JUL1971Guantanamo Bay
AUG1971-AUG1971Caribbean
SEP1971-NOV1971Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAY1972-JUN1972Guantanamo Bay
JUN1972-NOV1972UNITAS
JUL1972-NOV1972UNITAS
AUG1972-Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1972-DEC1972UNITAS
OCT1972-Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1972-NOV1972Panama Canal
JAN1973-FEB1973Caribbean
OCT1973-OCT1973Change of home port to Norfolk (official)
MAY1974-JUN1974Guantanamo Bay
JUL1974-JUL1974Newport RI. 2 week Midshipman training
NOV1974-MAY1975Mediterranean
NOV1975-MAR1976SEP 1976 - NOV 1976 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUN1976-AUG1977Change Homeport Norfolk VA to Boston MA Personal Records
AUG1977-AUG1977Change of Home Port to Charleston S.C.
AUG1978-FEB1979Mediterranean
FEB1980-AUG1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1980-Shellback Initiation - 13 APR 1980 - Indian Ocean
NOV1982-Decommissioned: 5 NOV 1982

DD-931 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

Named for: Forrest P. Sherman

Complement: 324 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2800 tons

Length: 418 feet

Beam: 45 feet

Flank Speed: 32 Knots

Range: 4 500 miles

Final Disposition:On donation hold for museum



USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931)



Forrest Sherman (DD-931) was launched 5 February 1955 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine sponsored by Mrs. Forrest P. Sherman widow of Admiral Sherman and commissioned 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 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 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 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 11 November.


During the summer of 1959 Forrest Sherman joined in Operation "Inland Sea " 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 HMS Brittania with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II embarked for the naval review on Lake St. Louis 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 4 weeks later entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for major overhaul lasting into 1961.

[Note: The above USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]