BARRY CLUB VISITS USS BARRY
On Saturday, May 23, 2015 the Commodore Barry Club visited the USS Barry, a naval destroyer at its homeport, the Sullivan Piers, Stapleton, Staten Island. The Barry is the fourth ship named in honor of Commodore John Barry, father of the US Navy. The ship was in town to participate in Fleet Week. The Barry conducts air defense, anti-submarine, anti-surface, and strike operations. The Club and the Ship have the same namesake, who rose from the son of a poor Irish farmer to become the highest ranking officer in the US Navy.
The Barry Club has had a long relationship with this ship. President Mary Nolan was one of the dignitaries at its commissioning in 1992.
On board, Commander Patrick M. Foster extended a warm greeting and presented Mary Nolan a medal, a Barry cap and a plaque. Admiral Robert Lunney (ret.) presented the Commander with a copy of Tim McGrath's John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail. Liam Murphy of the Ancient Order of Hibernians participated and Councilman Vincent Gentile joined in the festivities.
Chief Petty Officer Thomas Mccorkle showed President Nolan around the inner workings of the ship. President Nolan met Executive Officer Commander Jennifer Eaton, who will assume command of the Barry later this year.