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USS Forrest Royal (DD-872)

The USS Forrest Royal (DD-872) was a Gearing-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy named in honor of Rear Admiral Forrest Beton Royal, USN (1893-1945).

Construction

Built at Staten Island, New York, by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Forrest Royal was launched in January 1946, under the command of Commander James M. Clute.

Naval History

Forrest Royal clearly demonstrated the versatility of the destroyer. She performed tests for the Bureau of Ships, she acted as plane guard and escort for aircraft carriers, and participated in the development of antisubmarine warfare. She also shelled beaches during bombardment exercises. Forrest Royal called on numerous ports in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico from her homeport at Pensacola, FL.

She served in the Korean War, first as flagship for the minesweeping effort at Chinnampo. Forrest Royal’s duties included shore bombardment, escort and blockade operations along the Korean coast and wide-ranging maneuvers with carrier forces carrying out air strikes. Forrest Royal returned to Norfolk, Virginia in July 1951. Up until 1954, Forrest Royal served NATO forces in exercises off Norway, called on major ports in Europe, sailed with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, and took part in antisubmarine maneuvers with British ships off Ireland. She spent a year and a half out of Newport, Rhode Island, conducting exercises throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean, and escorted carriers out of Pensacola, Florida. During an 8-month cruise circumnavigating the world, Forrest Royal served the 7th Fleet in Japanese and Philippine waters before joining the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean via the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal. Her next assignment took her back to the Egyptian and Levant coasts during the Suez Crises. She participated in the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads in June 1957. In 1959, Forrest Royal participated in Operation Inland Seas in the Great Lakes.

From 1960 to 1966, Forrest Royal participated in Operation Sea Dragon during the Vietnam War. With cruisers, destroyers, and a battleship, the USS New Jersey, Forrest Royal patrolled Vietnamese waters sinking Communist supply boats, shelling enemy strongholds, and supporting carrier forces by providing gunfire.

In March 1971, Forrest Royal was decommissioned and transferred to the Turkish Navy. She was stricken from the Naval Register on 1 February 1973, and scrapped in 1993.

Forrest Royal received four battle stars for Korean War service.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Forrest Royal (DD-872)

Though most crew members on the USS Forrest Royal would have been exposed to asbestos to at least some extent, those stationed in the engineering sections were exposed to the highest levels. This is because the engine rooms, pump rooms and boiler rooms were small spaces containing large high heat generating equipment. Asbestos components and insulation were installed on this equipment and would be disturbed during the repair and maintenance of it. Individuals who worked daily with asbestos-containing material over an extensive time period have a higher risk of developing and asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

Working in proximity to damaged asbestos or damaged machinery exposed Forrest Royal's sailors and dockyard personnel to more perilous quantities of asbestos. If you served on the USS Forrest Royal and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma please fill out the form on this page to receive helpful information about the disease and your legal rights.

Sources

Sources

Forrest Royal.
(http://www.forrestroyaldd872.org/History.htm) Retrieved 24 February 2011

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