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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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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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— £-. Tlie ship was awarded the Com- mander Naval Surface Force Pacific Efficiency award for the cycle end- ing Jime 30, 1989 and proudly dis- plays the followiiig awards: Missile Gold " E " -ninth consecutive award; CIC Gold " E " -seventh consecu- ti ' e; Electronic Warfare " E " -fovirth consecutive; Damage Control " DC " - fourth consecutive; and two con- sccutixe communications green " C " awards. Qi November 8, 1991 HALSEY left for yet another West-Pac. Their mission was to patrol the Persian Gulf, this time they were cautious since the area was still considered a war zone from the Gulf War. HALSEY left less tlian a year later for one more West-Pac around Ta- hiti, back to the Arabian Gulf and homeward bound stoppirig at the usual stops and visiting Bali, Indo- nesia. Though she remained a si- lent figure duriiig the missile strike agaiiist Baghdad, she was quite involved and held her own out there with just a few other Navy xessels duriiig the aircraft carrier tumo ' er. But even the best has an ending, on Sept 23, 1993 the Captaiii aruiouiiced that she would be decommissioned iri the next few months. Ariother proud Na tradition would end. She served her country well; built for the Vieti " iam War, modified for the Cold War and repaired to do battle in the Arabian Gulf. After such a tiring tour of duty, she became out dated, old, incapable, rusty, and slow. But to the sailors tliat harbored witliin her hull, she was their only fortress, their home, in a strange Icind fighting for the freedom of others. With tliis kiiow ledge, she held firm even as death knocked on her hatch nimierous times. She will not be around much longer to serve in the world ' s finest Navy, but her memory wiU forever live on ill the minds of the sailors that once served onboard. The Crusades started back during the reign of England may centuries ago. The Gulf War was the Eleventh. To the HALSEY, this is her LAST CRUSADE . . .
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