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USS Barry in NY for Fleet Week

The USS Barry

By Ray O’Hanlon

It will be the friendliest of boarding parties.

Members of the Commodore John Barry Club of Brooklyn are planning a most special outing on the morning of Saturday, May 23.

The club and its friends will be invited guests aboard the USS Barry, which will be docked in Staten Island as part of New York’s annual Fleet Week which this year runs May 20-26.

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“We are very excited to get the chance to step on board the Barry,” said club president, Mary Nolan.

And the boarding will begin in a place that also speaks of the extraordinary contribution of the American Irish to the United States Navy, and the defense of America.

It will be moored at the USS Sullivans Pier on Staten Island’s Stapleton Waterfront.

The pier is named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert) aged 20 to 27 who lost their lives when their ship, the USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Guadalcanal, November 13, 1942.

This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II.

Barry Club members and friends will be mustering at 9 a.m. on the 23rd and will travel by chaertered bus to Staten Island. The round trip costs $20. Make out checks to the “Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn” and mail to Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, P. O. Box 090-824, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

More information available at (718)833-3405 or

The USS Barry is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and was commissioned in 1992. Mary Nolan was present at the event.

It is the fourth navy ship named after the Father and First Flag Officer of the navy, Wexford-born Commodore John Barry (1745–1803).

The Barry’s homeport is Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.