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USS HALSEY (DDG-97)


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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Christened January 17 2004 in Pascagoula, MS.
Commissioned July 30 2005 at Coronado, CA.
Active unit of the U.S. Navy.
Homeported at San Diego, CA.

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Halsey 80kBorn in Washington. D. C. on October 30, 1882, Fleet Admiral Halsey graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1904. He served on escort vessels during World War I and later earned his Naval Aviator's Wings at the advanced age of 52, the oldest person to do so in the history of the U.S. Navy. He commanded the South Pacific Area in 1942 and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Third Fleet in 1944. He provided support for General Douglas MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines in 1944. The Japanese surrender in World War II took place on his flagship, the battleship USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay. He was promoted to Five-Star Fleet Admiral (one of only five men to have held that rank) in December 1945. Halsey retired from active duty with the Navy in 1947, becoming President of International Telecommunications Labs, Inc. He died on August 16, 1959 and is buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery, next to his father, Captain William Frederick Halsey.Steven Cardali
Halsey 49kArtist's conception of the Halsey as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Halsey 96kUndated, location unknown.Jack Treutle
Halsey 133kPrior to commissioning, location unknown.David Buell
Halsey 133kUnder construction at NGSS Pascagoula.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 133kUnder construction at NGSS Pascagoula.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 102kChristening Coin for Halsey DDG-97 17 January 2004Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 53kChristening Program for Halsey DDG-97. She was launched at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems at Pascacoula, MS, on 17 January 2004.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 80kBack cover of the Christening Program.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 112kChristening Day aboard the USS Halsey (DDG 97) on January 17 2004 in Pascagoula, MS.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 92kUSS Halsey (DDG 97) undergoing Sea Trials.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 72kCover of the Commissioning Program.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 66kInvitation to the Commissioning ceremony.David Buell
Halsey 153kScenes from the Commissioning ceremony.David Buell
Halsey 67kAs above.David Buell
Halsey 78kThe men and women of USS Halsey offer a synchronized hat salute to a crowd of 5,000 guests who witnessed the commissioning of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' 22nd Aegis guided missile destroyer in Coronado, Calif. U.S. Sen. John McCain delivered the principal address and thanked Northrop Grumman shipbuilders for "their contribution to our Navy and our nation." Photo from Northrop Grumman.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 40kMississippi Governor Haley Barbour cheers as ship sponsors Heidi Cooke Halsey, Alice Spruance Talbot and Anne Halsey-Smith simultaneously smash ceremonial bottles of champagne across the bow of the Aegis guided missile destroyer.Steven A. Cardali
Halsey 120kSan Diego July 29 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) moored at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Calif., the day prior to being commissioned as the U.S. Navy's newest ship. Halsey will be capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. U.S. Navy Photo.Fred Weiss/Tony Cowart
Halsey 110k[050730-N-3672K-418] San Diego, CA July 30 2005, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Halsey (DDG 97) is commissioned at Naval Station North Island. The ceremony marked the formal entrance of the guided missile destroyer into the fleet. The ship was named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William "Bull" Halsey Jr., who commanded South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area during World War II. Halsey is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and the ship contains a number of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer's Mate 1st Class John P. Kass.Steven A. Cardali
Halsey 168k 050730-N-3672K-188. Naval Air Station North Island, July 30 2005, Commander 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Barry M. Costello, addresses the crew and guests during the commissioning ceremony of the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Halsey (DDG 97). The ceremony marked the formal entrance of the guided missile destroyer into the fleet. The ship was named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William "Bull" Halsey Jr., who commanded South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area during World War II. Halsey is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and the ship contains a number of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer's Mate 1st Class John P. Kass.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 117k 050730-N-3672K-353. San Diego, Calif., July 30 2005, USS Halsey (DDG 97) Commanding Officer, Capt. James L. Autrey, addresses guests and crew members as the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is commissioned. The ceremony marked the formal entrance of the guided missile destroyer into the fleet. The ship was named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William "Bull" Halsey Jr., who commanded South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area during World War II. Halsey is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and the ship contains a number of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer's Mate 1st Class John P. Kass.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 97kSan Diego, August 5, 2005, actress Pamela Anderson thanks the crew of the Halsey for their service.Steven A. Cardali
Halsey 129kPearl Harbor, Hawaii, August 9 2006, Arliegh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) prepares to moor in Pearl Harbor for the first time. Home ported in San Diego, Calif., Halsey is on its maiden deployment to the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Halsey 126kPearl Harbor, Hawaii, August 9 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) passes the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri as she transits Pearl Harbor and prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Homeported in San Diego, the newly commissioned ship is currently on its maiden deployment to the Western Pacific area of operation. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Halsey 167k060809-N-4965F-004. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, August 9 2006, a sailor assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) heaves in a line for the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97). She prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Halsey, home-ported in San Diego, Calif., is a newly commissioned ship, which is currently on her maiden deployment en route to the Western Pacific area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 93k070811-N-7981E-174. PACIFIC OCEAN, August 11 2007, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrives alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a fueling at sea (FAS). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James R. Evans.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 81k080504-N-9162R-087. San Diego, Calif., May 4 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey DDG-97 departs Naval Station San Diego, for a scheduled deployment as part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 170k080513-N-9604C-038. Pacific Ocean, May 13 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) practice formation maneuvering. Halsey and Benfold are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Shannon K. Cassidy.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 141k080521-N-7197F-040. Pacific Ocean, May 21 2008, the view from the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) in lifeguard station while the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO- 199) performs replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8). The ships, aircraft and Marines of Peleliu ESG are deployed to the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Justin S. Fifer.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 115k080611-N-2131B-004. Indian Ocean, June 11 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transits westbound in the Indian Ocean. Halsey is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Richard Blythe.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 225k080725-N-1709P-055. Indian Ocean, July 25 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) receives personnel from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) by high-line transfer during a connected replenishment at sea (RAS). Halsey is deployed to the 5th fleet area of responsibility with the San Diego-based USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Chris Peters.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 178k080929-N-5148B-047. Indian Ocean, September 29 2008, the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-A0 197) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) steam together in the Indian Ocean, as seen from USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah E. Bitter.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 221k080929-N-2183K-019. Indian Ocean, September 29 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-A0 197) for a replenishment at sea (RAS), while conducting maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 172k080929-N-2183K-009. Indian Ocean, September 29 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) steams in the Indian Ocean while conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 131k081001-N-2183K-069. Indian Ocean, October 1 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) steams alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) preparing for a refueling at sea. Peleliu and Halsey are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 155k081001-N-2183K-075. Indian Ocean, October 1 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) steams alongside USS Peleliu (LHA 5) in prepareing for a refueling at sea. Peleliu and Halsey are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 171k081001-N-2183K-080. Indian Ocean, October 1 2008, crew members hoist the fuel probe to the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) during a refueling at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu and Halsey are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group that is currently deployed to the Navy's 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 170k081001-N-2183K-104. Indian Ocean, October 1 2008, crew members aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) connect the fuel probe during a refueling at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu and Halsey are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 253k081001-N-2183K-113. Indian Ocean, October 1 2008, an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter ascends from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) during a parts transfer and refueling at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu and Halsey are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 101k081004-N-7197F-004. Indian Ocean, October 4 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) steams through rough seas off the coast of Southern Australia. Halsey is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Justin Fifer.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 120k081202-N-3446C-037. San Diego, December 2 2008, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Adam Sexton solders a circuit card under the supervision of Electronics Technician 1st Class Anthony Andersen aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97). U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Kendra Crabbe.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 120k091217-N-0569T-042. San Diego, December 17 2009, ships at Naval Base San Diego display lights for a holiday festivity. A panel of judges visited each ship to determine the best display. The winner in the large division was the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), in the medium division the guided-missle destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and in the small division the guided-missile frigate USS Jarret (FFG 33). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel J. Taylor.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 156kUSS Halsey at Sea, October 29 2010, Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd James Oliver receives engineering plant orders from the bridge aboard USS Halsey (DDG 97) during operations while transiting Spratly Island in the South China Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Andrew Long.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 195k101210-N-8824M-268. Arabian Sea, December 10 2010, USS Halsey (DDG 97) assigned to Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, sails in a formation with the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R 91) during a photo exercise. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Mickler.Bill Gonyo
Halsey 109kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) transits the Pacific Ocean, on 18 September 2011. Halsey is conducting a three-week composite training unit exercise in preparation for a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Grandin. Image # 110918-N-BC134-014.Robert Hurst
Halsey 105kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG-106), right, USS Halsey (DDG-97) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) are underway in the Pacific Ocean on 21 September 2011. The three ships are part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group conducting operations off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez. Image # 110921-N-GZ277-066.Robert Hurst
Halsey 97kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG-106) leads the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Halsey (DDG-97) in the Pacific Ocean. The three ships are part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group conducting operations off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez. Image # 110921-N-GZ277-069.Robert Hurst
Halsey 110k111226-N-TZ605-830. Pacific Ocean, December 26 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), comes alongside to perform a replenishment at sea (RAS), with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in heavy seas. Halsey was part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy A. Hazel, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 108k111227-N-DR144-341. Hong Kong, December 27 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrives in Hong Kong for a scheduled port call. Halsey was part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 101kSeptember 8 2012 in Santa Barbara, CA, the Halsey was anchored off the pier in the harbor.Diana Westberg
Halsey 131k130125-N-SK590-035. San Diego, January 25 2013, sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) board their newly-assigned ship after a hull swap with guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59). Hull swaps, or ship rotations, are part of the Navy's long-term plan to routinely replace older ships with newer more capable ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee.Ron Reeves
Halsey 169k140128-N-IU636-082. Pacific Ocean, January 28 2014, sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) secure an SH-60B Sea Hawk onto the flight deck. Halsey is underway participating in Koa Kai 14-1, a semiannual exercise that improves cooperation, readiness and the capability of forces to respond quickly to various crises, ranging from armed conflict to humanitarian assistance. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro.Robert M. Cieri
Halsey 87kShip's patch.David Buell
Halsey 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS HALSEY DDG-97 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Lloyd (Geno) Autrey    Jul 30 2005 - May 18 2006
CDR John J. Pinckney Jr.    May 18 2006 - Feb 2 2007
LCDR Christopher T. Monroe    Feb 2 2007 - Feb 19 2007 (Acting)
CDR Paul J. Schlise    Feb 19 2007 - Aug 17 2008
CDR Robert Edward Beauchamp    Aug 17 2008 - Mar 5 2010
CDR Matthew Jordan (Jordy) Harrison    Mar 5 2010 - Jul 22 2011
CDR Michael L. Weeldreyer    Jul 22 2011 - present 

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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