USS Halsey (DDG-97)

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USS Halsey (DDG-97), August 2007
USS Halsey, August 2007 in the Pacific Ocean
Career (US)
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: San Diego, California
Motto: Hit Hard Hit Fast Hit Often
Status: in active service, as of 2023
Badge: USS Halsey crest.gif
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: 383 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
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. 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]

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 August 17, 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,” Lt. Cmdr. 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]


  1. Caballero, Joseph. "Newest Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Halsey Enters the Fleet". Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  2. U.S. Department of Defense (2005-07-28). "Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Halsey". Press release. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  3. Caballero, Joseph. "USS Halsey Sets Record for Training". Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  4. Rodrigo, Rialyn. "Halsey Departs on Maiden Deployment". Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  5. Liewer, Steve. "Commander concealed extent of shipboard fire". Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  6. Caballero, Joseph. "USS Halsey Returns Home for Holidays". Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  7. USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs (2006-11-13). "U.S., Japanese Train Together In ANNUALEX". Press release. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  8. "Captain’s Corner". USS Halsey. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Crabbe, Kendra. "USS Halsey Changes Command". Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  10. "Last of Peleliu strike group returns to S.D.". Union-Tribune. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  11. Fuentes, Gidget (2009-04-01). "Navy: Halsey sailor died in suspected suicide". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 

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

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USS Halsey (DDG-97) at her commissioning ceremony

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