Known by her crew as the “Joey P”
Launched on July 26, 1945, commissioned on December 15, 1945, and it’s homeport was nearby Newport, RI. She was a Gearing class destroyer, which were built during WW2 and became the workhorses of the Cold War destroyer navy.
Served in the Atlantic and Caribbean, was a member of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, as well as being part of a carrier task force in Korea, and joint NATO Maneuvers. She also assisted with the first Mercury space flights, President John F. Kennedy observed the America’s Cup Races in Newport, RI in 1962 from it’s decks, participated in the naval blockade of Cuba, and operated as a recovery vessel during the Gemini space program.
In Spring 2000, Kennedy was towed to Rhode Island sound to portray herself and her sister ship John R. Pierce (DD753) in the Kevin Costner film entitled Thirteen Days, which recreated the events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Decommissioned in 1973 and aquired by Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA 1974 the “Joey P” is a National Historic Landmark, and is home to the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen’s Museum as well as serving as the official memorial to Bay State citizens who gave their lives during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
This shot is 100% from camera – No Editing
Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS /II lens
Taken April 2009