Pearl Harbour-based destroyer Halsey returns from carrier strike group deployment

USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 14, 2018. Photo: US Navy

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 14, concluding a seven-month deployment with the Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group (TRCSG).

Halsey departed Pearl Harbor October 16 to deploy to the US 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

During its deployment, the ship supported maritime security operations, freedom of navigation operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the South China Sea, Arabian Sea, and surrounding waters.

“The crew performed absolutely phenomenally throughout this deployment,” said Cmdr. David L. Reyes, Halsey’s commanding officer. “We’ve led from the front with every exercise and operation we’ve conducted and I’m extremely proud of every Sailor in our crew.”

Halsey participated in the trilateral exercise Intrepid Sentinel with Royal Australian Navy and French Marine Nationale, improving interoperability in multiple warfare areas. The crew later participated in exercise Guardian Sea with the Royal Thai Navy, enhancing the anti-submarine capabilities of both navies.

Halsey also completed port visits to Santa Rita, Guam; Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Changi, Republic of Singapore; and Phuket, Thailand.

Halsey was deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations with the TRCSG, consisting of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Preble (DDG 88), and USS Sampson (DDG 102).

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