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USS Halsey (DDG-97)

USS Halsey (DDG-97)
USS Halsey transiting through the Pacific Ocean in September 2011.
United States
Namesake: William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr.
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 13 January 2002
Launched: 9 January 2004
Commissioned: 30 July 2005
Homeport: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Motto: Hit Hard Hit Fast Hit Often
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,300 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 257 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Halsey (DDG-97) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy.


  • Etymology 1
  • Construction 2
  • Operational history 3
  • In popular culture 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Halsey is named in honor of Fleet Admiral William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr. Halsey was commissioned 30 July 2005 at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California, under commanding officer Commander James L. Autrey.[1][2]


Built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the ship and crew were completely certified and "surge ready" 17 January 2006, nearly a year faster than previous DDGs.[3]

Operational history

USS Halsey (DDG-97) at her commissioning ceremony in 2005.
USS Halsey transiting through the Pacific Ocean in August 2007.

Halsey departed for her maiden deployment 6 August 2006 under her second commanding officer, Commander Pinckney.[4] 2 November 2006 Halsey visited Kagoshima, Japan. That night, after a party for visiting local Japanese dignitaries, during which on-duty crew were drinking, there was a fire which damaged one of the main reduction gears. An incomplete report was filed and months later another fire and explosion brought to light the extent of the first fire. The ship's commander was relieved and the damage to the ship was $8.5 million.[5] Halsey returned 24 December 2006, having worked with the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and taking part in ANNUALEX.[6][7]

Commander Paul Schlise took command of Halsey March 2007.[8]

Commander Robert Beauchamp took command of Halsey on 17 August 2008.[9]

Halsey departed Naval Base San Diego for her second deployment on 4 May 2008 for a deployment to the Persian Gulf. After six months and numerous port visits Halsey returned home to San Diego on 3 November 2008.[10]

Halsey, homeported in San Diego, was part of USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group assigned to deploy to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct maritime security operations (MSO). MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.[9]

"A sailor who died from a gunshot wound aboard the guided-missile destroyer Halsey is thought to have committed suicide, a navy spokesman said. Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Gregory Egan, 32, of Ridgefield, Conn., was shot on March 22 aboard the ship, which is undergoing maintenance at a San Diego shipyard. “It appears from a preliminary examination that (Egan) was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lieutenant Commander Bradley Fagan, a Naval Surface Forces spokesman in Coronado, Calif., said Monday. “There is no one else involved.” Fagan said it may take a month for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to finish looking into Egan’s death. Egan’s mother had told the Danbury News-Times that he was shot in the head when another sailor’s weapon misfired. But navy officials sought to correct the impression that the sailor might have been shot by someone else."[11]

On 18 January 2011 crewmember Petty Officer Dominique McNair Cruz was lost overboard from the ship in the Gulf of Oman and died. Her body was recovered the next day.[12][13]

On 19 January 2012, the Halsey and its HSL-49 helicopter detachment responded to a call of distress from M/V Albrouj, a Yemeni dhow en route to Somalia from Yemen.[14]

On 25 January 2013 Halsey performed a hull swap with USS Russell (DDG-59) and arrived at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 14 February 2013.[15]

In popular culture


  1. ^ Caballero, Joseph. Enters the Fleet"Halsey"Newest Guided-Missile Destroyer USS . 
  2. ^ "Halsey"Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 28 July 2005. 
  3. ^ Caballero, Joseph. Sets Record for Training"Halsey"USS . 
  4. ^ Rodrigo, Rialyn. Departs on Maiden Deployment"Halsey". 
  5. ^ Liewer, Steve. "Commander concealed extent of shipboard fire". Retrieved 22 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Caballero, Joseph. Returns Home for Holidays"Halsey"USS . 
  7. ^ "U.S., Japanese Train Together In ANNUALEX" (Press release).  
  8. ^ "Captain’s Corner" (PDF). USS Halsey. Retrieved 22 September 2007. 
  9. ^ a b Crabbe, Kendra. Changes Command"Halsey"USS . Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "Last of Peleliu strike group returns to S.D.". Union-Tribune. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Fuentes, Gidget (1 April 2009). "Navy: Halsey sailor died in suspected suicide". Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  12. ^ Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Sailor's Body Recovered", 20 January 2011, p. 4.
  13. ^ Associated Press, "Halsey sailor who went overboard is buried", Military Times, 31 January 2011.
  14. ^ "2012 History". Naval Air News.  
  15. ^ "Hawaii welcomes USS Halsey". Ho’okele. 2013-02-15. 
  16. ^ """Naval Base San Diego; USS Halsey featured in "The Last Ship. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin L. Webb, Naval Base San Diego Public Affairs.  

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

External links

  • Official ship's site
  • Naval Vessel Register: USS Halsey
  • NavSource Online: USS Halsey
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