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    The following is a narative history of the USS Richard E. Byrd.   At various point there will be links which you can click on which
    will allow you to jump to various places in the narative.  One link which I'd like to mention is the Timeline link which is a
    timline of the major events and happenings in the Byrd's history.

Stats:
    Length: 437 FT.
    Beam: 47 FT.
    Displacement: 4,500 Tons
    Propulsion: Twin steam turbindes, two shafts 70,000 SHP
    Speed: 31 KNOTS
    Aramament:
        MK. 13 TARTAR LAUNCHER
        TWO MK. 42 5in./54 GUN MOUNTS
        MK. 16 (8) CELL ASROC LAUNCHER
        TWIN MK. 32 TRIPLE TORPEDO TUBES
    Search Radars:
        SPS 10 C/D SURFACE SEARCH RADAR
        SPS 40 (2D) AIR SEARCH RADAR
        SPS 39 (3D) AIR SEARCH RADAR
    Fire Control:
        TWO AN/SPG 51C/D FIRE CONTROL RADAR'S
        MK. 68 GFCS
        SQQ 23 PAIR HULL MOUNTED SONAR

Narative History

    The USS Richard E. Byrd, hull number23, was constructed in the Todd Ship builders in 1961.  She was
    commisioned on March 7, 1964.  She served until April 27, 1990 at which time she was decomissioned.  She was then
    sold to Greece in 1992 and was salvaged for parts. 

    The Byrd was named after the famous explorer and Navy Admiral Richard E. Byrd.   Admiral Byrd had many
    accomplishments but is most remembered for being the first man to reach the North Pole. 

    The Byrd was the 22nd ship of the famed Adams' class destroyers.  She was equipped with a large assortment of armaments
    which allowed her to engage in mulitple platforms of combat.   Whether it be Surface to Air, Ground fire support or Anti-
    submarine warfare, the Shooting, Steamin, Richard was up for the task.