USS Halsey Back Home from Seven-Month Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned Thursday from a seven-month deployment to the western Pacific.

While on deployment, the ship and crew of nearly 280 Sailors conducted various theater security operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.

Detachment Three from the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 embarked aboard Halsey during the deployment and returned Feb. 3 to Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The Easyriders flew 230 sorties, totaling more than 720 hours, with two SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters in support of multi-national exercises and presence operations.

Halsey also participated in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), building partnerships to increase stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and provided as an escort to both Carl Vinson and George Washington Strike Groups during Valiant Shield and Keen Sword exercises.

Halsey is assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 aligned under Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) and U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the eastern Pacific from the west coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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