Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97)

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97)

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97)

Bollywoodfever, March, 24: Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97) a Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer of the US Navy to Visakhapatnam for participating in the Sea Phase of Exercise Tiger Triumph 2024: Eastern Naval Command.

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97)

About USS Halsey (DDG-97)

Constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the vessel and its crew achieved full certification and reached “surge ready” status on January 17, 2006, accomplishing this milestone nearly a year quicker than earlier DDGs.

Halsey embarked on her first deployment on August 6, 2006, under the leadership of her second commanding officer, Commander Pinckney. 

On November 2, 2006, during a visit to Kagoshima, Japan, a fire broke out following a reception for local Japanese officials, which involved on-duty crew consuming alcohol. 

This incident, which initially led to an incomplete report, caused significant damage to one of the main reduction gears. 

A subsequent fire and explosion revealed the full extent of the damage, resulting in the commander’s dismissal and repair costs totaling $8.5 million. 

Halsey returned on December 24, 2006, after collaborating with the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and participating in ANNUALEX exercises.

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97)

In March 2007, Commander Paul J. Schlise assumed command of the Halsey. Commander Robert Beauchamp took over on August 17, 2008.

For her second deployment, Halsey left Naval Base San Diego on May 4, 2008, heading to the Persian Gulf. The ship completed the deployment, which included several port visits, and returned to San Diego on November 3, 2008.

Stationed in San Diego, Halsey was an integral part of the USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, tasked with maritime security operations (MSO) in the U.S. 5th Fleet’s operational area.

These MSOs aimed to enhance maritime security and stability, fostering global prosperity by preventing maritime regions from being used by violent extremists for attacks or as conduits for trafficking.

On January 25, 2013, Halsey underwent a hull swap with USS Russell, making Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam her new homeport as of February 14, 2013.

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