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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
OCT 1953 Keel Date: 27 OCT 1953
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
FEB 1955 Launch Date: 5 FEB 1955
AUG 1955 - Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1955 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1955 Commissioned: 9 NOV 1955
AUG 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1959 - AUG 1959 Great Lakes
OCT 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 7 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1966 - JUL 1966 Mediterranean
NOV 1968 - JUN 1969 Mediterranean
JAN 1970 - MAR 1970 Caribbean
APR 1970 - NOV 1970 North Atlantic
MAY 1971 - JUL 1971 Guantanamo Bay
AUG 1971 - AUG 1971 Caribbean
SEP 1971 - NOV 1971 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1972 - JUN 1972 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1972 - NOV 1972 UNITAS
JUL 1972 - NOV 1972 UNITAS
AUG 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 13 AUG 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1972 - DEC 1972 UNITAS
OCT 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1972 - NOV 1972 Panama Canal
JAN 1973 - FEB 1973 Caribbean
OCT 1973 - OCT 1973 Change of home port to Norfolk (official)
MAY 1974 - JUN 1974 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1974 - JUL 1974 Newport RI. 2 week Midshipman training
NOV 1974 - MAY 1975 Mediterranean
JUN 1976 - AUG 1977 Change Homeport Norfolk VA to Boston MA ,Personal Records
AUG 1977 - AUG 1977 Change of Home Port to Charleston S.C.
AUG 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean
FEB 1980 - AUG 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1982 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]