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Image courtesy of Al Grazevich

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Xray - Foxtrot

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
Displacement 7,400 Tons, Dimensions, 533' (oa) x 53' 6" x 25' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 Terrier 2x2, (80 Missiles) 4 x 3"/50, ASROC (8 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 377.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 26 AUG 1960 by San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
Launched 15 JAN 1962
Commissioned 20 JUL 1963
Reclassified CG 23 on 30 JUN 1975
Decommissioned 28 JAN 1994
Stricken 28 JAN 1994
Fate Sold for scrap. Scrapping completed 30 NOV 2003.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Humanatarian Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (11) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

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Halsey 282k

Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, namesake for the ship.

National Archives Photo #80-G-416888

Robert M. Cieri
1m Halsey after her launching on 15 January 1962. Dale Hargrave
191k Postal cover from Commissioning day, 20 July 1963. Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 102k Port view, Underway. USN
34k Firing an SM-1(ER) missile from ther forward Terrier launcher. Robert Hurst

Port side view while underway, date and location unknown but note that she only has one forward and one aft AN/SPG-55 radar so this is probably soon after commissioning. There was a shortage of these antennas as the (then) new MK-76 MFCS equipped ships were being built due to a strike at Sperry Rand (the manufacturer) and many of these ships were commissioned with only one radar per launcher until production could catch up with demand.

Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
438k USS Halsey during completion of her air warfare upgrade at Bath Iron Works. At the time, Halsey still only carried two of the four total AN/SPG-55B missile targeting radars it was designed to carry. Those other two were later installed not long after Halsey’s return to home port San Diego in 1973. The image appears to have been snapped while Halsey was underway on the Kennebec River possibly at Squirrel Point Light downriver from Bath, Maine in late 1972, possibly while still in control of Bath Iron Works. Jeff Kettering
Halsey 281k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1973 Robert M. Cieri
43k Starboard bow view while docked at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, January/February 1973. (Ensign and Jack are at half staff following the death of Harry S Truman on 26 December 1972, or following the death of Lyndon B. Johnson on 22 January 1973.) John Clingman
Halsey 351k Port bow view while performing a hard starboard turn, 1975. Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 280k Port bow view while underway, 19 September 1975. Robert M. Cieri
75k San Diego Naval Station during the 1980's. Shown from left to right; USS Truxtun (CG 35), USS Halsey (CG 23), and USS England (CG 22). © David Buell
Halsey 358k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1983 Robert M. Cieri


An aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987. The ships are, left to right, front row: frigate USS Barbey (FF 1088), guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG 23), frigate USS Stein (FF 1065); second row, guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS 1), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE 29) and the guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG 994).

(Photo available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SC-87-10339.)

Robert Hurst

Aerial starboard beam view of the guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG 23) underway, on 2 March 1987.

Photo taken by PH2 T. Hensely, USN. This image is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 6418742

Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Anderson, Herbert Henry, CAPT   RADM 07/20/63 - 10/07/64
Ringenberg, George William, CAPT 1943   10/07/64 - 09/10/65
LeBourgeois, Julien Johnson, CAPT 1945 VADM 09/10/65 - 07/06/67
Murtha, Vincent Lloyd, CAPT     07/06/67 - 10/14/68
Harper Jr., Wyatt Eugene, CAPT     10/14/68 - 12/10/69
Hooper Jr., James Albert, CAPT     12/10/69 - 11/04/71
Nolan, Joseph Dunstan, CAPT     12/16/72 - 11/22/74
McCauley, William Frederick, CAPT   VADM 11/22/74 - 03/18/77
Hostettler, Stephen John Jay, CAPT   RADM 03/18/77 - 05/19/79
Tarbuck, Richard Ray, CAPT     05/19/79 - 05/12/81
Wyatt, Richard Lee, CAPT     05/12/81 - 05/27/83
Moses, Paul Davis, CAPT   RADM 05/27/83 - 08/29/85
Conley, Dennis Ronald, CAPT   RADM 08/29/85 - 01/08/88
Pacek, Robert Dennis, CAPT     01/08/88 - 09/13/89
Klein III, George Adam, CAPT 1966   09/13/89 - 04/02/92
Amborn, Lloyd P., CAPT     04/02/92 - 01/28/94

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)

USS HALSEY (DLG/CG 23) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Halsey DLG/CG 23 website.
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