USS FORREST SHERMAN was the lead ship of the FORREST SHERMAN - class of destroyers and the first ship in the Navy named after Admiral Forrest P. Sherman who was the 12th Chief of Naval Operations. Decommissioned on November 5, 1982, and stricken from the Navy list on July 27, 1990, the FORREST SHERMAN was sold for scrapping in 1994, but was repossessed by the Navy on October 10, 1996. The FORREST SHERMAN is presently berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility Philadelphia, PA. For many years, the FORREST SHERMAN was kept on hold for possible donation as a museum and memorial, however, on April 2, 2010, her status was changed and the ship is now scheduled to be scrapped.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 10, 1951|
|Keel laid: October 27, 1953|
|Launched: February 5, 1955|
|Commissioned: November 9, 1955|
|Decommissioned: November 5, 1982|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts|
|Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)|
|Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 32+ knots|
|Armament: three Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts)|
|Crew: 17 officers, 275 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FORREST SHERMAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS FORREST SHERMAN Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Brian Barton on May 22, 2007, and shows the FORREST SHERMAN at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Tied up alongside the FORREST SHERMAN is the USS EDSON (DD 946) which is normally tied up alongside the USS INTREPID (CV 11) in New York City, however, at that time the INTREPID was in dry dock and so the EDSON was towed to Philadelphia to be refurbished as well.
The photos below were taken by me on November 7, 2008, and show the FORREST SHERMAN laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Philadelphia, PA.