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May 27

The Washington Navy Yard Thursday opens museum ship to the public for free tours

Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:00 am to Sat, Aug 9, 2014
 

WASHINGTON —The Washington Navy Yard Thursday opened its museum ship to the public for free tours through Labor Day in early September.

 

The USS Barry (DD 933), a Forrest Sherman class destroyer, is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There is no cost to tour the Barry.

 

The Barry participated in the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 and later performed multiple combat missions during the Vietnam War. It also was the first ship to carry and employ the computer-controlled MK-86 Gun Fire Control System, which is a surface-to-surface system that uses optical pulse-compression radar, installed in 1966.

 

A year later it was modified to conduct anti-submarine warfare modernization that included variable depth sonar and an anti-submarine rocket launcher.

 

The Barry has been at the Washington Navy Yard since 1982, after its decommissioning.

 

For public access, those interested in visiting the Barry should plan to walk down the riverwalk along the Anacostia River to the entrance of the Barry to make access to the destroyer much faster. Department of Defense ID card holders can access the Barry through the Washington Navy Yard’s riverwalk gates.

 

For more information, call the USS Barry at 202-433-3377 or e-mail destroyerbarry@navy.mil

 

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