Halsey (CG 23) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1987

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HALSEY SHIP ' S STATISTICS Built by San Francisco Naval Shi I Keel laid 25 August Launched 15 January 19o2 Commissioned 20 July 1963 Placed " Out of Commission, Special " 4 November 1971 Recommissioned 16 December 1972 Length Overall 533 Feet Beam 54 Feet, 10 inches Displacement 7,800 Tons fully loaded Draft 24.5 Feet Speed In excess of 30 knots Propulsion Steam turbines - 85,000 shaft horsepower and twin propellers USS HALSEY (CG-23) is named for the gallant and aggressive naval leader of World War II, Fleet Admiral William Frederick HALSEY, Jr. She is a LEAHY class Cruiser constructed from the keel up as a missile launching platform. Constructed by the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, the keel was laid on August 25, 1960 and she was christened January 15, 1962 by two of the Admiral ' s granddaughters. USS HALSEY was commissioned on July 20, 19 3 and was then assigned operations within the Pacific Fleet. The guided missile cruiser is a multi-purpose ship developed especially to meet the needs of modern naval warfare. Designed to operate with a carrier battle group, the ship ' s primary mission is to conduct fleet anti- air warfare defense. USS HALSEY is equipped with the newest Terrier Missile System in the fleet and is capable of launching and controlling a large number of Standard (SM-2) missiles simultaneously. Also installed to provide a close-in self defense capability is the Close- in-Weapons-System (CIWS), a rapid firing gatling type guns located on both sides of the ship. With the latest electronic warfare equipment, and Harpoon Missile System installed, USS HALSEY is ready to engage surface targets at Long range. The ASROC anti-submarine rocket launcher and ship launched torpedoes provide the assets needed to engage submarines as well. Although equipped with the most modern weapon systems, it is the pride and professionalism of her four hundred and seventeen total officers and crew members which make USS HALSEY, ' The Cruiser ' , in the Pacific Fleet.

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FLEET ADMIRAL WILLIAM F HALSEY, JR. UNITED STATES NAVY Fleet Admiral HALSEY was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 30 October 1882, The son of Captain William F. HALSEY, USN, and Anne Brewster HALSEY. He was appointed to the U.S. NAVAL Academy in 1900 and graduated in February 1904. After graduation, Admiral HALSEY served in many capacities ranging from Naval Attache to ship commands. Much of his early career during and subsequent to World War I was devoted to commanding destroyers. In 1935, at the age of 52, He won his wings and was designated a Naval Aviator. The succeeding years brought to the forefront his time-tested command abilities and saw Admiral HALSEY commanding first the USS SARATOGA and later the South Pacific Force and South Pacific area where he doggedly set about and succeeded in routing enemy forces from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. In June 1944, Admiral HALSEY assummed command of the Third Fleet and was designated commander of the Western Pacific Task Force. Beginning in August 1944, his forces left a trail of enemy ruin and destruction in Palaus, Philippines, Formosa (Taiwan), Okinawa and the South China Sea, and decisively defeated enemy sea and air force operations in the Western Carolines and the Philippines Islands. In the final phases of the war in the Pacific, Admiral HALSEY ' s Third- Fleet icipated in the Okinawa Campaign, and later his fast carrier task oroceeded northward and struck at Tokyo in July 1945. eust 29, 1945, Admiral HALSEY, flying his flag on the USS Missci-. r.tered Tokyo Bay, and on 1 September the formal surrender of the Jaj ;e Imperial Government was signed. In Novv 1945, Admiral HALSEY relinquished command of the Third Fleet which had exemplified his slogan: " HIT HARD, HIT FAST, HIT OFTEN " . Fleet Admiral HALSE Y retired from active duty in December 1946. Admiral HALSEY died in 1959 and was buried with full military honors jn 20 August in Arlington National Cemetery.

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TUB COMMANDING OFFICER 4TF.D STATES SHIP UALSEY (CG 23) Officers and Men of the Halsey Team During our recent deployment your performance, both indi- vidual and collectively, was absolutely magnificent. When we departed San Diego in early January we had visions of circum- navigating the globe. As it turned out we accomplished that, but so very much more as well. We executed our operational taskings as true professionals in outstanding fashion, despite negligible time in port for maintenance and virtually no out- side industrial support. The HALSEY Team demonstrated the true meaning of self-sufficiency. During those brief but enjoy- able port visits, you were ambassadors of good will and very favorably impressed our foreign hosts. In short, you did it right and Fleet Admiral Bull Halsey would be quite proud of you. As you glance through this cruisebook, may you remember the pride, professionalism, personal excellence, and teamwork that made our around the World Cruise so successful. As all seafaring men know, we could not accomplish our mission without our wives and families at home keeping our households in order and awaiting our return. Therefore, it is most appropriate and with heartfelt thanks that we dedicate this cruisebc he HALSEY Family. e. ' k.Gvj. n D. R. CONLEY Captain, U.S. Navy

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