USS HALSEY
DDG 97
  
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The Halsey (DDG 97) is the U.S. Navy's 47th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of U.S. Naval Academy graduate Adm. William F. Halsey Jr. (1882-1959). The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems on March 6, 1998. Construction began on January 28, 2002, and the keel was laid down on January 17, 2003, at the company's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

January 17, 2004 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Halsey was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operation, in Pascagoula, Miss. Ms. Heidi Cooke Halsey, Mrs. Anne Halsey-Smith and Mrs. Alice "Missy" Spruance Talbot served as sponsors of the ship named for their grandfather. Cmdr. James L. Autrey is the prospective commanding officer.

January 31, 2005 The U.S. Navy took delivery of DDG 97 during a ceremony at Nortrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard.

June 1, PCU Halsey departed Pascagoula, Miss., for the last time. During the ship's sail around, she made her first port call in Port Everglades, Fla., on June 9; Transited the Panama Canal on June 17 and stopped in Mazatlan, Mexico, on 23rd before continuing to San Diego.

July 30, USS Halsey was commissioned in a ceremony at Pier J, Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif.

From September 9-25, the Halsey was underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).

December 16, USS Halsey completed a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG, off the coast of southern California. The ship is not part of ESG-3 but participated in the place of USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), which did not participate in the training.

January 17, 2006 USS Halsey entered its Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) period completely certified and surge-deployable in the shortest time period in Navy history. The previous four DDGs took an average of 420 days between sail-away from the shipyard and delivery to the fleet commander as a surge-ready asset. Halsey did it in 145 days, or 65 percent faster than the previous DDGs.

May 18, Cmdr. John J. Pinckney, Jr., relieved Cmdr. James L. Autrey as commanding officer of the Halsey.

May 25, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Seattle, Wash., for a scheduled port visit.

August 4, USS Halsey departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment to the western Pacific.

August 9, The Halsey pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a brief port call.

November 30, DDG 97 recently departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit.

December 24, USS Halsey returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month underway period, conducting Expanded Maritime Interdiction Operations (EMIO) in the Sulu and Celebes Seas in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The Halsey also provided sensor and reconnaissance support for Operation Ultimatum, conducted in the Sulu archipelago in August to pursue Abu Sayyaf leadership and Indonesian JI operatives. Upon leaving the Joint Operations Area, the ship joined the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike group as an essential element in the screen protection of Kitty Hawk. The guided-missile destroyer also visited ports of Singapore; Kagoshima, Japan; and Apra Harbor, Guam.

February 2, 2007 Commander, Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre relieved Cmdr. John J. Pinckney, Jr., after a Navy inquiry revealed how he encouraged other officers and sailors, even those on watch duty, to drink during and after the Nov. 2 reception aboard the Halsey for dignitaries in Kagoshima, Japan. The investigation also indicated that Pinckney changed a report to hide the seriousness of the fire that damaged one of the ship's two main reduction gears.

February 19, Cmdr. Paul J. Schlise took command of USS Halsey while in-port San Diego, Calif.

May 4, DDG 97 departed dry-dock at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility after a six-week of emergent repairs.

August 12, The Halsey is currently off the coast of southern California participating in Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA), with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) CSG.

September 12, USS Halsey successfully fired a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) off the coast of southern California. The shot was an Operational Test Launch (OTL) to exercise the new capabilities and flexibility of the latest versions of the Tomahawk Missile and Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System. Halsey demonstrated the ability of a Block IV Tomahawk to be retargeted while in flight.

The New Year started with USS Halsey entering a routine five-week maintenance period, which allowed many repairs and material improvements to take place throughout all departments. While that was taking place, in January the Halsey earned her Search and Rescue re-certification and the planning for the upcoming deployment kicked into high-gear with a two-week USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG planning conference.

February 15, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer recenty departed Mazatlan, Mexico, after a scheduled port visit.

March 23, DDG 97 is currnetly off the West Coast participating in USS Peleliu Expedition Strike Group (ESGs) 3 PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training (PMINT).

May 4, USS Halsey departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the Peleliu ESG.

June 9, The Halsey recently departed Penang, Malaysia, after a goodwill port visit. The ship recently made brief visits to Pearl Harbor and Singapore to take on fuel and supplies.

August 17, Cmdr. Robert E. Beauchamp relieved Cmdr. Paul J. Schlise as CO of the USS Halsey during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while at anchor off the coast of Victoria. The guided-missile destroyer departed Seychelles today after a six-day port call.

October 10, DDG 97 pulled into Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit. The ship recently made a brief stop in Fremantle for refuel.

November 3, USS Halsey returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR, in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

March 28, 2009 The U.S. Navy is investigating the fatal shooting of a Sailor Gregory Egan, who was killed aboard the deck of the Halsey on March 22. The ship is currently undergoing Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility.

March 5, 2010 Cmdr. Matthew J. Harrison relieved Cmdr. Robert E. Beauchamp as CO of the Halsey.

May 4, USS Halsey recently arrived at Naval Station Everett to participate in an emergency sortie exercise with the other COMDESRON 9 ships before joining USS Abraham Lincoln, off the coast of southern California, for Carrier Strike Group training. The Halsey, along with USS Sterett (DDG 104), also recently visited Esquimalt, British Columbia.

July 20, The guided-missile destroyer is currenly participating in COMPTUEX in preparation for the upcoming deployment, as part of the Lincoln CSG. Underway for Leaders to Sea (LTS) program from July 13-15.

August 31, DDG 97 departed Naval Base San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

September 11, USS Halsey departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

October 12, The Halsey pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

October 19, USS Halsey and USS Crommelin (FFG 37) departed Subic Bay Oct. 17 to avoid a Category 5 Typhoon Megi, that made a landfall in the northern Luzon area of the Philippines on Sunday.

October 21, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Sepanggar Naval Base for a four-day visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

December 5, USS Halsey and French Navy frigate FS Tourville (D 610) participated in a joint gunnery exercise in the Arabian Sea, to enhance coalition maritime forces training and coordination.

January 19, 2011 The body of a Petty Officer Dominique Cruz reported missing from the Halsey yesterday was recovered today during search and rescue operations in the Gulf of Oman. On Jan. 18, she didn't report for her watch duty and, after a search of the ship, a man overboard was called away. The incident is under investigation.

February 2, DDG 97 recently arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a goodwill port call.

February 13, USS Halsey recently pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit to Kuala Lumpur.

February 17, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Hong Kong for a two-day port visit.

February 24, The Halsey arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call to take on fuel and supplies. Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from March 5-8.

March 14, USS Halsey returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment.

July 22, Cmdr. Michael L. Weeldreyer relieved Cmdr. Matthew J. Harrison as CO of the Halsey during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in San Diego.

September 18, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed San Diego for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area.

November 30, USS Halsey departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

December 27, DDG 97 pulled into Hong Kong for a three-day port visit.

January 19, 2012 The Halsey is currently conducting counter-piracy and maritime security operations, in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR), as flagship of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.

March 6, USS Halsey departed Victoria, Seychelles, after a four-day port visit.

March 29, Royal Thai Navy Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong relieved Royal Danish Navy Commodore Aage Buur Jensen as Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Halsey in Muscat, Oman.

April 7, USS Halsey arrived in Chennai, India, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Malabar 2012.

April 23, DDG 97 arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit that coincides with the Anzac Day celebration.

May 3, The Halsey arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a four-day port visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

May 15, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call.

May 23, USS Halsey returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment.

July 30, USS Halsey pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stay before participating in a Seattle's Seafair festivities, from July 31- Aug. 6.

September 6, The Halsey anchored off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., for a four-day port visit.

December 12, DDG 97 departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

January 25, 2013 Cmdr. Gary L. Cave took command of the USS Halsey during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Russell (DDG 59) at Naval Base San Diego.

February 14, The Halsey arrived at its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

March 18, USS Halsey recently commenced a 15-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF).

November 8, The guided-missile destroyer returned to Pearl Harbor after underway for routine training in the Hawaiian Op. Area.

January 25, 2014 USS Halsey departed homeport to participate in integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1. Returned on Jan. 31.

April 18, Cmdr. Linda S. Seymour relieved Cmdr. Gary L. Cave as the 8th CO of Halsey during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.

May 9, The Halsey departed Pearl Harbor in support of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in the SOCAL Op. Area; Inport San Diego from May 17-19; Returned home in early June; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on June 27.

July 7, USS Halsey, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 Det. 3, departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program.

July 17, DDG 97 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day port call.

July 28, The Halsey moored at Changi Naval Base to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore; Underway for at-sea phase on Aug. 3; Inport Changi again from Aug. 7-8.

August 23, USS Halsey moored at Berth 2, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a five-day port call.

From September 15-23, the Halsey participated in a biennial exercise Valiant Shiel 2014, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG, off the coast of Guam and Saipan.

September 29, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Rivera Wharf South in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a two-week upkeep. Transited the San Bernardino Strait northbound on Oct. 24; Inport Apra Harbor again from Oct. 28- Nov. 1.

From November 11-19, USS Halsey participated in Annual Exercise (ANNNUALEX) 26G/Keen Sword 2015, with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), north off Okinawa, Japan; Anchored at Yokosuka's A-12 on Nov. 20.

November 21, The Halsey moored outboard the USS Stethem (DDG 63) at Harbor Master Pier (HMP) East in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port visit; Inport Yokosuka again for emergent repairs from Dec. 2-5.

December 22, DDG 97 moored at Port of Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a liberty visit to Pataya.

January 27, 2015 USS Halsey recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a scheduled port visit after conducting operations with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific and the western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, in support of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) in the region.

February 5, USS Halsey returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a seven-month deployment.

June 10, The Halsey departed Berth B15 for a day-long underway to conduct Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment; Underway for routine training off the coast of Maui in late June.

July 30, USS Halsey moored at Berth 2, Pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego for a five-day port call.

August ?, Cmdr. Kenneth M. Athans relieved Cmdr. Linda S. Seymour as CO of the Halsey during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pier 2.

August 4, The Halsey moored at Berth 92, World Cruise Terminal in Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual L.A. Navy Days celebration; Moored at Bravo 23 Wharf in Pearl Harbor on Aug. 16.

September 24, BAE Systems Hawaii was awarded $39,1 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4412) for the USS Halsey's Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by July 2016.

October 5, USS Halsey moored at Pier A, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt for a brief port call before underway at Nanoose test range off British Columbia, in support of CNO special project; Returned to Pearl Harbor on Oct. 26.

November 1?, The Halsey moved "dead-stick" from Berth B18 to Dry Dock #4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; Undocked on July 2?, 2016.

August 18, USS Halsey is currently moored at Pier B16 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 30- Oct. 5.

November 7, DDG 97 moored at Wharf B24 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a three-day underway for TYCOM sea trials; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Dec. 5; Brief underway for pass-in review as part of the 75th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration on Dec. 7.