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USS Forrest Royal (DD-872), named for Rear Admiral Forrest Beton Royal USN (1893–1945)
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by
Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY June 8 1945.
January 17 1946 and commissioned June 29 1946
by Miss Katherine K. Royal, the daughter of Admiral Royal.
Decommissioned on
27 March, 1971
She was pier side in Mayport and her colors were hauled down at 1030.
The last watch stander, OOD, was Ens. Peter G. Roberts.

March 27 1971, transferred to the government of Turkey for $153,000.
Renamed Adatepe.
Scrapped in 1993.


Norfolk 1964


North Vietnam Spring 1967

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Red Sea Aug. 1960
Top Left - Steproe | Lawyer | Woodson
Hall | Collina | Eshbaugh
Dotzenrod | Larochelle

All the comforts of home

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This was the only ships patch I ever knew and I was Aboard from 62 to 68. The patch and Ships Plaque was given to the Blue Ribbon Bluejacket of the quarter along with a letter from the Captain to recognize you as the Blue Jacket. The Captain during this period was William Chattelton.  Hope this adds a little more info to the history of the ship. 

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About the Royal

Her History

Destroyers stationed off Cuba during Missile Crisis in 1962

Weapon systems

In Memoriam

Pictures and much more from other sites

10th USS Forrest Royal Reunion Shipmate Photo - June 2010

I found this interesting. They are doing these things to bring back the USS J.P. Kennedy DD 850 the way she was in the 1960's. The Kennedy was in our squadron, Desron 10 , out of Newport when we made the Med cruise, March 21 - October 15, 1960. There was also the Roan DD 853, Roberts DD 823, Royal and the Forest Sherman DD 931 was our flagship. Read about it Here.


*NEW!!* USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD850 Restoration report for February 2011

Photos of the inside of a world war II destroyer

More images of the Forrest Royal

Tin Can Sailors The National Association of Destroyer Veterans

Almost everything else you want to know is here

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 Restoration Report for USS Joseph P Kennedy Jr DD850

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