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USS Barry (DDG-52)

USS Barry (DDG-52) in the Atlantic Ocean
United States
Name: USS Barry
Namesake: Commodore John Barry
Ordered: 26 May 1987
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 26 February 1990
Launched: 10 May 1991
Christened: 8 June 1991
Commissioned: 12 December 1992
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Strength and Diversity
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
  • Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked
USS Barry (DDG-52) bow view.

USS Barry (DDG-52) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, commissioned in 1992. Barry is the fourth United States Navy ship named after the "Father of the American Navy", Commodore John Barry (1745–1803). Its homeport is Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Several improvements over Arleigh Burke exist on this ship and all following Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. They include the ability to refuel a helicopter and several other small improvements.

Barry has received many awards, including the Battenberg Cup for the years 1994, 1996, and 1998—making Barry one of only three ships (as of 2008) to have won the prestigious award three times, and the only Aegis destroyer to have won the award thus far—earning her the nickname "Battenberg Barry" in the late 1990s. She has also been awarded the Battle E award 4 times, and received the Golden Anchor and Silver Anchor Awards for retention. More recently, in 2004 Barry received the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet.


  • History 1
    • 1994 1.1
    • 1995 1.2
    • 2004 1.3
    • 2006 1.4
    • 2011 1.5
    • 2013 1.6
    • 2014 1.7
    • 2015 1.8
    • 2016 1.9
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Barry firing a Tomahawk missile during Operation Odyssey Dawn on 19 March 2011

Barry‍‍ '​‍s keel was laid down on 26 February 1990 at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 10 May 1991, and christened on 8 June 1991 by her sponsor, Rose Cochran, wife of United States Senator Thad Cochran. Barry was commissioned into the U.S. Atlantic Fleet on 12 December 1992 and was placed under the command of Commander Gary Roughead. The commissioning ceremony took place at Naval Station Pascagoula in Mississippi.

Following ship's commissioning, Barry underwent Post Delivery Test and Trials (PDT&T). During this period, Barry tested every major system on board. An Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) was conducted, with Barry receiving an overall grade of Excellent. Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) were also conducted that included 13 missile firings.

In April 1993, Barry underwent Final Contract Trials (FCT) before returning to Ingalls Shipbuilding in May 1993 for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). This availability included a 4-week dry-docking that included installation of the Navy's new generation Advanced Technology Design propellers, designed to reduce cavitation at high speed and improve fuel economy. Other improvements included installation of an Electro-Optical Sighting System (EOSS), application of Passive Countermeasure System (PCMS) material, tank stiffening and installation of a gray water collection system.

On 21 October 1993, Captain Gary Roughead, Barry‍ '​s first commanding officer, was relieved by Commander James G. Stavridis. Barry was under command of (tactical) Destroyer Squadron 26 in 1993, 1994 and 1995, while administratively part of Destroyer Squadron 2.

In November 1993, Barry received orders to proceed to Haiti to take part in Operation Support Democracy. Barry's duties included enforcing the embargo of arms and petroleum products to the island nation.


In January 1994, Barry completed her first combined Combat Systems Assessment (CSA)/Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification (CMTQ), achieving one of the Atlantic Fleet's highest score to date. In March, Barry participated in exercise MAYFLYEX 94 where her Battle Group. A highlight of this exercise was a covert SEAL team extraction in shallow water only a few miles off the Carolina coast, successfully validating the stealth characteristics of the DDG-51 class.

On 20 May 1994, Barry departed D-Day. Barry also sailed the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas as "Red Crown" in support of the No-Fly Zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

On 7 October 1994, Barry received orders to proceed to the Kuwait City. Barry also served as alternate Persian Gulf Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator (AAWC), and principal Tomahawk strike platform during the crisis. Barry received a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and the NATO Medal for her actions during the deployment and returned home to Norfolk, Virginia on 17 November 1994.


In January 1995, Barry began a three month SRA at Moon Engineering located in Portsmouth, Virginia. This SRA included the Women At Sea (WAS) modification.


In March 2003 she was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 26.[1]

In 2004, Barry participated at the annual Fleet Week in New York City.


In 2006, Barry joined USS Gonzalez in providing cover for Orient Queen, a cruise ship chartered by the United States to help evacuate American citizens during the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon conflict.[2]


On 1 March 2011 Barry was dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea in response to the 2011 Libyan civil war. On 19 March 2011, the Navy reported that Barry fired 55 Tomahawk cruise missiles to suppress the Libyan air defense system in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.[3][4] The official codename for the U.S. part of the operation is Operation Odyssey Dawn.[5] On 28 March, Barry assisted a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron Five and an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft attacking a group of three Libyan Coast Guard boats which were firing upon merchant vessels.[6]


In late August 2013 she was ordered, alongside her sister ships Gravely, Mahan and Ramage to patrol the eastern Mediterranean Sea in response to rising rumors of an imminent military intervention in the Syrian civil war.


On 24 April 2014, Cmdr. Patrick Foster assumed command of the ship.[7]


Cmdr. Foster was relieved of his duties due to loss of confidence in his ability to command following an on-going investigation into a series of decisions over time reflecting poor judgment, failure to meet and uphold the highest personal and professional standards, and poor program management.

Command Master Chief Torrence Kelly was also relieved of duties for substandard performance.[8]


In early 2016,Barry will conduct a hull swap with USS Lassen (DDG-82), which has operated out of Yokosuka since 2005. Barry will complete midlife modernization prior to making the switch and will be outfitted with Aegis Baseline 9, the latest combat system, which is capable of defensive and offensive operations against aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, surface ships, submarines and shore targets. Also to receive fully integrated bridge, quality-of-life upgrades and advanced galley during refit.


  1. ^ Retrieved May 2012
  2. ^ "U.S. sending help to evacuate Americans from Lebanon".  
  3. ^ Wilson, Todd Allen, "USS Enterprise Returns To Norfolk", Newport News Daily Press, 16 July 2011.
  4. ^ "U.S. launches missile strikes against Libya". 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Operation Odyssey Dawn: U.S. Launches Military Strikes In Libya".  
  6. ^ Ansarov (28 March 2011). "A-10s Tag Team with P-3s to Savage Libyan Coast Guard". 
  7. ^ 
  8. ^ "Commanding officer and command master chief of USS Barry relieved of duties". Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

External links

  • Web siteBarryOfficial USS
  • (DDG 52)BarryUSS 20 March 2007. Naval Vessel Register. NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office (NAVSHIPSO)
  • (DDG 52)BarryUSS at Unofficial US Navy Site
  • (DDG-52)BarryUSS Fred Willshaw. Destroyer Archive NavSource Naval History.
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