Halsey (CG 23) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1993

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despite being taken under fire from shore, she successfully hoisted tlie pilot and returned un-scathed to the ship. During her five arid a half month stay in the hostile waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, HALSEY had many successful rescue operations of downed pilots aiid damaged helicopters. For her actions, HALSEY was awarded both the Battle " E " ai id tlie Navy Unit Comniendation. Shortly there-after Captain Vincent L. Murtha took commaiid of DLG 23. Tlie beginning of 1968 began with HALSEY making her third West-Pac in the company of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS TRUXTON (DLGN 35). Duriiig the deployment, HALSEY ' s actions on the Search and Rescue (SAR) stations resulted iii the rescue of seven downed pilots. During her second tour in the Vietnam Conflict, HALSEY earned the Meritoriou s Unit Commendation. Once again HALSEY went tl-irough a Change-of-Comniand with Captain Wyatt E. Harper, Jr. Just over a year later her was relieved by Captain J.A. Hooper. Late December 1970 brought USS HALSEY into her tliird Western Pacific deployment, this time with USS HANCOCK (C VA 19). WMe visiting Subic Bay, PWlippines, during that same cmise, HALSEY proudly painted on her second Battle " E " . Shortly there after she retunied to San Diego to prepare for her Anti-Air Warfare modenuzation that was to take place m Bath, Maine. On September 7, 1971, HALSEY departed San Diego for a 14,500 mile trek across the East aiid West Coast of South America, as well as port visits along the Eastern United States. After much work and many changes at Bath Iron Works hi Maine, HALSEY received a new Commanding Officer, Captain Joseph D. Nolan, and departed for her departed for her homeport of San Diego, Ca. After returning to San Diego, HALSEY did not go immediately to active duty, but instead she remained busy by conducting many extensive test of her weapons systems, and engineering plant. During the period, HALSEYbecame the first U.S.N, ship to use the new Combat Systems organizational concept, which divides the ship ii-ito five departments, Operations, Engineering, Supply, Navigation, and Combat Systems. In 1974, LL LSE Ybegan her fourth West-Pac witli carriers USS ORISKANY (C VA 34), USS KITTY HAWK (CVA 63), USS RANGER (CVA 61) and USS CONSTELLATION (CVA 64). After rettiming from her seven month deployment, HALSEY pre- pared for her new Commanding Of- ficer, Captain WilUam F. McCauley July 1, 1975 marked HALSEY ' s new designation as a Cruiser, Guided Mis- sile (CG). During the rest of 1975 HALSEY spent operatin.g in the West- em Pacific, with USS ORISKANY (C V 34), and USS HANCOCK (CV 19).

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In 1959, tlie United States Congress authorized construction of DLG 23, a LEAPT! ' Class Destro er. Tliis ship, later named after illustrious and aggressi ' e Fleet Admiral William F. (BULL) FiALSE Y, would, through her successful ser dce to her countr , li ' e up to he legacy ' of the man for whom she was named. On the 25th of September 1959, San Francisco Na ' al Ship ' ard was awarded the contract to build DLG 23, wliich was to be named ill honor of Fleet Admiral FLA.LSEY who had died that ' ear Work steadily progressed and onjanuar) ' 15, 1962, DLG 23 was cliristened " HALSEY " , by two of FADM Halsey ' s granddaughters, Mrs. Spruance Denahm and Miss Jane Halsey, witli a tliird granddaugh- ter. Miss Ann Halsey, actiiig as Maid of Honor. On the third of Februar ' 1963, ILALSEY ' s prospecti ' e Com- mandiiig Officer, Captain Herbert, H. Ancierson, reported aboard for dut ' . Finalh ' , after three ' ears, coi " istruction was completed on July 8, 1963 aiid 1:L- LSE ' was commissioned onJiay2ai963. HALSEY departed San Francisco on November 25, 1963 for ASW tests and acoustical noise sur -eys. Completing these tests, she arrived in her new homeport of San Diego, December 11, 1963 aiid she was honored with a " Welcome Aboard " ceremony, hosted b ' USS Hammer (DD 718). HALSEY became Destro ' er Squadron Se ' en ' s newest member and was placed in DESDR ' 71, with the Hamner, Buck and Powell. Shortly after joirdng the Fleet, HALSEY had occasion to pro e her .-Vnti-Air Warfare prowess when she acted as screen commai der in a special Sea Power demonstration for tlie Secretary " of the Na ' } ' . HALSEY participated in her first large scale Fleet exercise. Union Scjuare, o ' er a 10 day period, from September 28, to October 6, 1964. The ver ' next day, HALSEY saw her first Change of Command as Captain George W. Ritigenberg took command. Three months after assimung command, Captairi Ringenberg took HALSEY and her crew and departed home and famil - for her first major Western Pacific Deploxment (WTST-PAC). In addifion, to duties as rescue destro ' er and Anti-Submarine Warfare assignnients, she employed her ad ' anced Combat Information Center (CIC) and endurance on station, to conduct AAW operations. For her ser ice, FIALSEYeanted the Armed Forces Expeditionar - Medal. She returned home to San LHego in August of 1965. After refiimirig fiom West-Pac, Captain J.J. LeBourgeois became FIALSEY ' s tliird commanding officer on September 10, 1965. HALSEY departed on Juh ' 2, 1966 for what was to be a er - exentftil and noteworthy second deplo Tiient. Arri ing on station in the Gulf of Tonkin, FIALSEY was assigned to the Southern Search and Rescue (S AR) station, oft " the coast of North ' ieti " iam. Tlie first of HALSEY ' s rescues came on the 18tii of August when LCDR Demitrio erich had to parachute ftom his damaged F-8C Cmsader, oft ' the Nortli letiiam shore. Witiiin tl-iree minutes, HALSEY ' s helo proceeded to the scene and

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Throughl976HALSEYvvasable to succeed an inspection b ' Com- maiider Cruiser Destro} ' er Group Three (CCDG 3), RADM Brigg ' s, and earn her third Battle " E " . HALSEY than began her fourth de- plo TTient, providing intercept con- trol of all inconung So ' iet aircraft, for her carrier task force. Thiscniise also marked HALSEY ' s second con- secuti ' e Battle " E " , and her 9th Commanding Officer, Captain Stephen J. Hostettler In Late Augvist, 1977, H. LSEY entered Long Beach Na -al Ship- yard for a 13-month regular o er- haul. During this overhaul, HALSEY traded her tliree incl fift) AA guns for the Harpoon Missile S stem, vhicl-i greatly increasedher surface warfare capabilities. During the o ' erhai.il, HALSE ■ also recei ' ed her lOtli Command- iiig Officer vitl Captairi Ricliard R. Tarbuck. Captain Tarbuck was qmcklx ' tasked witli leadmg R ' LSE ' on her eightli major deplo -ment. RALSEY assumed duties as FORCE AKTI-. IR CONDv L XDER during the Iranian Contii genc - Operations. Late in Marcli of 1980, HALSEY returned to San Diego after spendii g the holidaxs awa - from family and friends. Marking the beginning of her nintli West-Pac, H. LSEY ' s command was haiuied o -er to Cap tarn Ricl ard L. Wyatt. Shorth ' tliere after R- LSE ' rescued 24 ietnamese refvigees who had been at sea for ten days seeking freedom. Earh- 1982 led ILALSEY back to Long Beach Xaxal SMp ard for a baseline o -erhaul. Dviring her year in the ship ' ard, HALSEY received updates to her Terrier Missile System, the Phalanx Close-In- Weapon-System (CIWS), ' Super Rocket Blowi Chaff Laimchers and man - electronic xsarfare equipment and a new sonar upgrades. The shipyard period also allowed for Captaii Paul D. Moses to assume command. With one more West-Pac under her belt, HALSEY received Captain Dennis R. Coi e - as her new Comn anding Officer D iring his tinie aboard. Captain Conle ' was able to lead LLALSEY on a world cruise with USS KLTIY ' HAWTC ai d ten odier ships that made up Battle Group Bravo. Dtiring her first world cniise, HALSEY earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation for her outstanding performance. Eight days into 1988, Captain D. Pacekbecame HALSEY ' s 14th Commanding Officer Just scarcely enough time to recover from her world cruise, HALSEY was called to dutv- once again for her 12th major deplovmient, this time to the Arabian Gulf . HALSEY spent 1990 receiving Combat Systems New Tlireat Upgrade (NTU) at Continental Maritune Shipyard n San Diego. The NTU improvements are composed of improved detection subsvstem (centered around the new SPS48E 3-D air-searcli radar), upgrade engagement subsvstem, aiui a vastlv " improved computer hardware software package integrated in tlie Combat Direction System. 8

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