USS BARBEY was the 37th KNOX-class frigate. Decommissioned on March 20, 1992, the BARBEY was leased to Taiwan in 1994 and was commissioned as HWAI YANK there. Stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the BARBEY was finally sold to Taiwan on September 29, 1999.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 25, 1966|
|Keel laid: February 5, 1971|
|Launched: December 4, 1971|
|Commissioned: November 11, 1972|
|Decommissioned: March 20, 1992|
|Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.|
|Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 27 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and |
|Aircraft: one |
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BARBEY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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Accidents aboard USS BARBEY:
|June 27, 1983||USS BARBEY loses her helicopter when it is washed over board while the ship is steaming in heavy seas. The helicopter was being moved from the flight deck into the hangar when the mishap happened. An investigation later finds out that the cause of the accident were BARBEY's improper course and speed (in regard to the heavy seas) and insufficient securing of the helicopter.|
About the Ship's Name:
Vice Admiral Daniel Edward Barbey was born 23 December 1889 in Portland, Oregon. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1909 and commissioned Ensign in 1912. He then served in the battleship CALIFORNIA and the destroyer LAWRENCE. During World War I, he served in the gunboat ANNAPOLIS and the destroyer STEVENS. His first international political experience was gained in the aftermath of World War I while on the staff of Admiral Mark Bristol, U. S. High Commissioner to Turkey. In 1921 he was "borrowed" to serve the AIlied Commission of Trade with Turkey, and was an observer with the White Russian armies during the Crimean Campaign.
Following duty for Barbey included command of destroyer USS LEA; First Lieutenant in battleship NEW YORK; command of destroyer RAMAPO. He took command of Detroyer Division 1 7 and commanded the battleship NEW YORK.
As a captain and Chief of Staff, Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, he earned the Legion Of Merit for developing and executing the first overall large-scale amphibious operations involving both army and naval forces. He became a member of Admiral King's staff in May 1942 designing, testing and developing new beaching craft (LST, LCT, LCI) as well as the Dock Landing Ship (LSD). In January 1943 he became Commander, Amphibious Force, Southwest Pacific. Throughout the remainder of the Pacific War, Vice Admiral Barbey personally led his Amphibious Force, planning and directing the amphibious assault landings upon which depended the success of the campaigns on New Britain, New Guinea, Morotai, Leyte and Luzon. He also served with the Eighth Army landing in the Southern Philippines and North Borneo. He planned and led 56 major amphibious attacks against the enemy. VADM Barbey was awarded the Navy Cross, Three Distinguished Service Medals, and the Legion Of Merit.
At the close of World War II, VADM Barbey landed the occupational forces in Korea and carried out the mission of redistributing troops in China, Korea and Manchuria. Later he was Commander, Caribbean Sea. Frontier (1947-1950). He retired 30 June 1951 after 43 years of naval service as Commandant 13th Naval District. VADM Barbey died 11 April 1969.
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