USS Halsey (DDG-97)

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

USS Halsey (DDG-97)
US Navy 110918-N-BC134-014 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transits the Pacific Ocean
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
Badge: USS Halsey DDG-97 Crest
General characteristics
Class and 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 × MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters


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

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USS Halsey (DDG-97) at her commissioning ceremony in 2005.
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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 J. 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]

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.[11]

In popular culture


  1. ^ Caballero, Joseph. "Newest Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Halsey Enters the Fleet". Archived from the original on 25 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Halsey" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 28 July 2005. Archived from the original on 19 February 2006.
  3. ^ Caballero, Joseph. "USS Halsey Sets Record for Training".
  4. ^ Rodrigo, Rialyn. "Halsey Departs on Maiden Deployment".
  5. ^ Liewer, Steve. "Commander concealed extent of shipboard fire". Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  6. ^ Caballero, Joseph. "USS Halsey Returns Home for Holidays". Archived from the original on 7 January 2007.
  7. ^ "U.S., Japanese Train Together In ANNUALEX" (Press release). USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs. 13 November 2006. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Captain's Corner" (PDF). USS Halsey. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  9. ^ a b Crabbe, Kendra. "USS Halsey Changes Command". Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Last of Peleliu strike group returns to S.D." Union-Tribune. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Hawaii welcomes USS Halsey". Ho’okele. 15 February 2013.
  12. ^ "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. United States Navy. November 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2015.

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Two ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Halsey in honor of Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey (1882–1959), who served in the United States Navy during the First and Second World Wars. Both ships used guided missiles as their primary armament

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Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr., KBE (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), known as Bill Halsey or "Bull" Halsey, was an American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. He is one of four individuals to have attained the rank of fleet admiral of the United States Navy, the others being Ernest King, William Leahy, and Chester W. Nimitz.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Halsey graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1904. He served in the Great White Fleet and, during World War I, commanded the destroyer USS Shaw. He took command of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga in 1935 after completing a course in naval aviation, and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1938. At the start of the War in the Pacific (1941–1945), Halsey commanded the task force centered on the carrier USS Enterprise in a series of raids against Japanese-held targets.

Halsey was made commander, South Pacific Area, and led the Allied forces over the course of the Battle for Guadalcanal (1942–43) and the fighting up the Solomon chain (1942–45). In 1943 he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. He took part in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of the Second World War and, by some criteria, the largest naval battle in history. He was promoted to fleet admiral in December 1945 and retired from active service in March 1947.

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