Halsey (CG 23) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1992

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' pteet icUturuzl Willi , ?. % {, (k. tiaited States TituMf, 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 of his time-tested command abilities and saw Admiral HALSEY commanding first the USS SARATOGA and later tin- South Pacific area where he doggedlv set about and succeeded in routing enemy forces from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. In June 1944, Admiral HALSEY assumed command of the Third Fleet and was des- ignated commander of the Western Pacific Task Force. Beginning in August 1944, his forces left a trail of enemy ruin and destruction in Palaus, Philippine, Formosa (Tai- wan), Okinawa and the South China Sea, and decisivelv defeated enemy sea and air force operations in the Western Carolines and the Philippine Islands. In the final phases of the war in the Pacific, Admiral HALSEYS Third Fleet participated in the Okinawa Campaign, and later his fast carrier task forces proceeded northward and struck at Tokvo in July 1945. In November 1945, Admiral HALSEY relinquished command of the Third Fleet which had exemplified his slogan: " HIT HARD, HIT FAST, HIT OFTEN " . Fleet Admiral HALSEY retired from active duty in December 1946. Admiral HALSEY died in 1959 and was buried with lull military honors on 20 August in Arlington National Cemetery. Hull Halscv

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11SS f¥ zfoetf, ' i¥c to i(t In 1959. tilt- United States Congress authorized construction of DLG-23, a LEAHY class destroyer. This ship, later named alter the illustrious and aggressive Fleet Admiral William F. (BULL) Halsev, would, through her successful service to her country, live up to the legacy of the man she was named for. On the 25th of September 1959, San Francisco Naval Shipyard was awarded the contract to build DLG-23, which was to be named in honor of Fleet Admiral Hake who had died th.u year. Work steadily progressed and on January 15. 1962, DLG-23 was christened " Halsey " , by two of FADM Halsey ' s granddaughters, Mrs. Spruance Denham and Miss Jane Halsev. with a third grand- daughter, Miss Ann Halsey, acting as Maid of Honor. On the third of February 1963, HALSEY ' s prospective Com- manding Officer, Captain Herbert II. Anderson, reported on board for duty. Finally, after three years, construction was completed on July 8, 1963 and HALSEY was commissioned on the 20th of July. At her commissioning, then Secretary of the Navy, the Honor- able Fred Korth, was the principle speaker, with Fleet Admiral Chester Nimit and Mr. William F. Halsev III also speaking. The day of the commissioning ceremonies, included an almost total eclipse of the sun. as if to underscore that this was no ordinary ship. HALSEY departed San Francisco on November 25, 1963 for ASW tests and acoustical noise survevs. Completing these tests, she arrived in her new homeport of San Diego, December II. 1963 and was honored with a " Welcome Aboard " ceremony, host- ed by the USS HAMMER (DD-718). HALSEY became Destroyer Squadron Seven ' s newest member and was placed in DESDIY 71, with the HAMNER, BUCK and POWELL. Shortly after joining the Fleet, HALSEY had occasion to prove her Anti-Air Warfare prowess when she acted as screen comman- der in a special Sea Power demonstration for the Secretan of the Navy. HALSEY participated in her first large scale Fleet exercise, UNION SQUARE, over a ten da period, from September 28, 1964 to October 6. The verv next dav, HALSEY saw her first Change of Command as Captain George W. Ringenberg relieved Captain Herbert H. Anderson. Three months after assuming Command. Captain Ringenberg took HALSEY and her crew and departed home and family for her first major deployment (WEST- PAC) in which she operated with the U.S. Nan ' s attack carrier forces off the coast of Vietnam. In addition, to duties as rescue destroyer and Anti-Submarine Warfare assignments, she employed her advanced Combat information Center (CIC) and endurance on station, to conduct AAW operations. For her ser- vice, HALSEY earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. She returned home to San Diego in August of 1965. Shortly after returning from WestPac, Captain O W. Ringen- berg was relieved as Commanding Officer, bv Captain J.J. Le Bour- geois, in a ceremony held on September 10. Less than a year after returning from her last deployment. HALSEY departed on July 2, 1966 for what was to be very eventful and noteworthy second deployment. Arriving on station in the Gulf of Tonkin. HALSEY was assigned to the Southern Search and Rescue (SAR) station, off the coast of North Vietnam. The first of HALSEY ' s rescues came on the 18th of August when LCDR Demitrio Verich had to para- chute from his damaged F8C Crusader, just one and one quarter mile from the North Vietnam shore. Within three minutes, HALSEY ' s helo proceeded to the scene and despite being taken under fire from the shore, successfully hoisted the pilot and returned to the HALSEY. The next dav, a Vigilante RA5C was hit over Vietnam and crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin, where the HALSEY ' s helo picked up the pilot. Later, on August 28, an All! Skvraider took a hit and the pilot, CDR Gordon Smith, bailed out very close to shore. With a USAF Albatross decoying fire, HALSEY again made the rescue. On the fifth of October, the HALSEY experimentally refueled the USS COLLETT (DD-730), the first time anything like this had been done bv a LEAHY class destroyer. Eleven davs later, HALSEY received a message that there was a helo that had been badly shot up, was short of fuel and was not able to return to her ship. She homed in on HALSEY ' s TACAN, made an approach on HALSEY ' s flight deck, lost control and crashed into the sea. HALSEY ' s helo and motor whale boat were immediately dis- patched to the scene and succeeded in rescuing ten people from the helo. just before the helo capsized and sank. Eighteen days later, HALSEY picked up a distress signal from a downed F4C Phantom, dispatched her helo and picked up the Phantom ' s Pilot and Radar Intercept Officer before they even had a chance to light a distress flare. Right before she was to be relieved bv the USS REEVES (DLG- 24), on November 6. HALSEY had the greatest test of her capabil- ities. Captain Victor Vicarra, USAF, was forced to eject from his F105 deep over North Vietnam, near the Laotian border, FLALSEY immediately launched her helo and directed it to the scene as she proceeded down the coast at high speed to shorten the return flight of the helo. As nightfall approached, HALSEY ' S helo spotted the downed pilot ' s flare and picked up the pilot. The helo, low on fuel, raced back to the HALSEY and " COOPER ' S GRAY GHOST " landed on HALSEY ' s flight deck with a scant two minutes of fuel remaining. After five and a hall months of hard work, HALSEY returned to San Diego on the 21st of December, just in time to enjoy Christ- mas at home. During 1967. HALSEY was awarded her first Battle " E " and was also presented the ' Navy Unit Commendation for her actions dur- ing the WestPac of the previous year. On July 6, 1967, the HALSEY saw the Command change hands as Captain Vincent I..

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