George H. Sharp
as Commanding Officer of the BERRY
In May of 1962, the BERRY
participated in Project Mercury.While on Project Mercury she
visited Bermuda for several days.In June she
began another Midshipman Training Cruise, spending most of the ensuing six weeks in ASW exercises in the Atlantic.
At the beginning of fiscal year "62," the U.S.S. FRED T. BERRY
was designated a General Purpose Destroyer.
In September of 1962, she
departed for a seven-month tour of duty with the Sixth Fleet.Again with the Sixth Fleet, the ship participated in fleet exercises and patrolling duty.During October and November she
was on alert as a result of the Cuban Crisis that fall.In 1962 she
visited Souba Bay, Izmir, Athens, Beaulieu, Salerno, Messina and Golfe Juan.Christmas was spent at Naples, and New Years was spent at La Spezia, Italy.
After a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, the BERRY
passed through the Suez Canal on 17 January 1963 and reported to Commander, Middle East Force for duty.During the following six weeks she
visited Nassawa, Ethiopia where she
participated in ceremonies witnessed by Emperor Haile Salaasie as well as the British Protectorate of Aden, Bahrain, Ras Tannura Aabu Nu Air, and Jidda, Saudi Arabia.After being relieved of her
Middle East duties the BERRY
once again passed through the Suez Canal and, after an independent crossing of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean, with stops at Rota, Spain and the Azores, returned to Newport on the 1 April 1963.
April and May were spent in Newport with the ship participating in a number of local operations.On the 4 June she embarked twenty-one midshipmen and joined Task Group 83.4 for seven weeks of ASW operations.