A former operations officer of the destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) presented a painting to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), April 27.
Retired US Navy Commander. George Keller presented the painting, a parting gift he received at the end of his tour on Forrest Sherman (DD-931), to Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Greg Page and the Forrest Sherman crew. The painting will hang in Lion’s Den Café, the crew’s mess decks.
Keller explained how walking around the new Forrest Sherman gave him flashbacks to fond memories he had of the old destroyer, which was the first of its class and named after the 12th Chief of Naval Operations, he several decades ago.
“This ship is much bigger than the DD-931! Seeing all the sailors working around the ship, with smiles on their faces, is a great thing to see,” Keller said.
In June 1972, Forrest Sherman (DD-931) embarked on a UNITAS XIII deployment and headed for South America. Keller was the operations officer aboard the ship for the deployment. During the deployment, the ship sailed from Connecticut to Puerto Rico. From there the ship sailed around South America for several months.
“I think the UNITAS deployment was my fondest memory during my time on Forrest Sherman,” Keller said. “UNITAS was something I always wanted to do, and I was lucky enough to be part of the Shellback ceremony. I remember arriving in Cartagena, Colombia, and driving the ship for our port visit. winds and sea were just perfect, all I needed was a little rudder, all the way back to stop the ship, and on the front line.
UNITAS is a series of developments in which United States Navy ships circumnavigate the South American continent, operate with several foreign navies, and return to the Atlantic through the Panama Canal. Held annually since 1959, ships participate in this long-running exercise, which includes traditional exercises at sea and training activities in port. It presents an opportunity to build capabilities and cooperative relationships between U.S., South and Central American maritime forces.
Forrest Sherman (DD-931) was built by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine on October 27, 1953, and was commissioned on February 5, 1955. After commissioning, she transited to her port of home from Naval Station Newport and arrived January 15, 1957. Some of her most notable deployments included NATO’s Operation Strikeback, where she screened a carrier battle group off Norway, and Operation Inland Seas , where she served as an escort to the royal yacht HMY Britannia with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II embark.
|Date posted:||14.05.2022 19:14|
|Location:||NORFOLK, Virginia, USA|
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