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USS HAILEY (DD-556)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NACH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - TORTOISE

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. April 11 1942.
Launched March 9 1943 and commissioned September 30 1943.
Decommissioned January 27 1946 and recommissioned April 27 1951.
Decommissioned November 3 1960.
Stricken August 1 1973.
To Brazil July 20 1961, renamed Pernambuco.
Fate Sunk as a target circa 1982.

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Hailey 235kCaptain Joshua Hailey was placed in command of the privateer True Blood Yankee in early 1813. The privateer, built in France by Rhode Island men, sailed from Brest, France, 01 March 1813 to prey on commerce in the Irish Channel. On one occasion Captain Hailey seized an island near the enemy mainland and held it for six days while making repairs. In a 37-day cruise he took 270 prisoners and captured several valuable cargoes. Sailing from France on his second cruise, Captain Hailey made a rapid circuit of Ireland and Scotland, landing several times and holding small coastal towns for ransom. During one night he burned seven vessels in an Irish port. In May he ran into Dublin Harbor to sink a schooner that had eluded him on the previous day. Captain Hailey sailed again 21 September for his third cruise, setting his course for the English Channel. He captured and manned so many prizes that when she was finally captured the True Blood Yankee had only 32 men left of her original crew of 200. During her three cruises the ship had captured six ships and 21 smaller vessels. (Note: The U.S. Navy only consisted of 23 ships of the line. She employed some 517 privateers during the War of 1812).
Photo Courtesy Lynx Educational Foundation. The Lynx represents the typical privateer employed by the U.S. Navy
Bill Gonyo
Hailey 130kHailey refueling from the tanker Monongahela (AO-42) with the USS Enterprise (CV-6) and USS Hornet (CV-8) in the distance. Hailey was operating as a screen unit of Task Group 38.2 in the South China Sea, west of Luzon, conducting refueling from 1330-1452 this date.
National Archives photo 80-G-308478
Pieter Bakels
Hailey 94kUnderway photo, dated 1959 but probably taken circa 1951. Navy photo NPC-1045322Don Scott, YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Hailey 150kUSS Hailey (DD-556) underway at sea during the early 1950s. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was actually taken several years earlier, when Hailey still had World War II era radars and 20mm guns. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107252.Robert Hurst
Hailey 92kEntering Norfolk, 1960.Marc Piché
Hailey 35kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
On Brazilian Service
Hailey 284kFour Brazilian Navy Fletcher - class destroyers and the light cruiser Tamandare (C 12, ex-USS St Louis, CL-49) underway heading northwards in formation, during the so-called Lobster war with France in 1961. The four destroyers are from bottom to top: Paraiba (D 28, ex-USS Bennett (DD-473); Para (D 27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472); Parana (D29, ex-USS Cushing (DD-797) and Pernambuco (D 30,ex-USS Hailey (DD-556). Brazilian Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Hailey 80kCirca 1962, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hailey 195kPernambuco (D 30) underway in 1969, location unknown. Brazilian Navy, Official. Image from the 1969-70 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Hailey 65kAs the CT Pernambuco (D 30) at sea, circa 1970. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)

USS HAILEY DD-556 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01CDR Parker Howle Brady (USNA 1930)30 September 1943 - 26 January 1945
02CDR James Robert Payne (USNA 1938)26 January 1945 - 27 January 1946
 Decommissioned27 January 1946 - 27 April 1951
03CDR Joseph Elmo Reedy (USNA 1941)27 April 1951 - 1952
04CDR Harvey Wright Hall, Jr. USN1952 - 1953
05CDR Wilfred Kingston Bradbury USN (MA Columbia)1953 - 1955
06CDR Edward Garris Rifenburgh USN1955 - 1957
07CDR Phillip Frederick Eckert (USNA 1940)1957 - 1959
08CDR John Smith1959 - 1960
09CDR J C Weless1960 - 03 November 1960
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Brazilian Service History
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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