Forrest Sherman Brief Visit

It’s not every day a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer comes into port at Panama City.

This weekend, though, some area residents got a chance to see the "Forrest Sherman” as it made a brief stop here on its way to Pensacola where it will be commissioned next week.

The ship's namesake is Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman. When World War II began, Sherman served in the Navy's War plans division. He was also the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations, which was from November 1949 until his death on July 21, 1951.

You had to get up early Saturday to see the destroyer. It wasn't in town long. It picked up a few passengers in St. Andrew Bay and then departed for Pensacola.

The Forrest Sherman will be commissioned in Pensacola on January 28.