USS Halyburton (FFG-40)
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)
|Namesake:||Pharmacist's Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr.|
|Builder:||Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington|
|Laid down:||26 September 1980|
|Launched:||13 October 1981|
|Commissioned:||7 January 1984|
|Decommissioned:||8 September 2014 (planned)|
|Motto:||Non sibi, sed Patriae (Not for self, but for Country)|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate|
|Displacement:||4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load|
|Length:||453 feet (138 m), overall|
|Beam:||45 feet (14 m)|
|Draught:||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
|Speed:||over 29 knots (54 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers|
|AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters|
USS Halyburton (FFG-40), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Pharmacist's Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr. (1924–1945). Halyburton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 5th Marines, during the Battle of Okinawa.
Over its commissioned service, Halyburton earned numerous Battle 'E' awards for combat readiness. Halyburton was also one of the escorts for the USS Constitution on 21 July 1997 as "Old Ironsides" celebrated her 200th birthday and her first unassisted sail in 116 years.
Maersk Alabama incident
In April 2009 the Halyburton was part of a U.S. Navy rescue mission off the Horn of Africa where the captain of the U.S.-flagged merchant vessel Maersk Alabama was held captive by pirates in a lifeboat. U.S. Navy SEALs brought the standoff to an end by shooting and killing three of the four pirates. The fourth was on board the USS Bainbridge at the time of the shooting, negotiating the hostage's release, and was taken into custody.
Constable's Dues ritual
On 16 July 2009, Halyburton visited the Port of London, mooring in South Dock, West India Quay for three nights. On Saturday 18th, she became the first non-British ship to take part in the Tower of London's Constable's Dues ritual. Dating back to the 14th century, the ceremony involved the crew being challenged for entry into the British capital, mirroring an ancient custom in which a ship had to unload some of its cargo for the sovereign to enter the city. Commander Michael P Huck and Ship's Officer, Lieutenant Commander Tony Mortimer led the crew to the Tower's West Gate, where after being challenged for entry by the Yeoman Gaoler armed with his axe, they were marched to Tower Green accompanied by Beefeaters, where they delivered a keg of Castillo Silver Rum, representing the dues, to the Tower's Constable, Sir Roger Wheeler.
Halyburton departed her homeport of Naval Station Mayport in January 2014, for what is planned as her final deployment. She is scheduled to be decommissioned in late 2014.
On February 6, 2014, a Panamanian helicopter crashed while working with Halyburton. The Bell 412 had nine people aboard, one of whom died in the crash. 
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- "US ship in ancient Tower ceremony". BBC News. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
- "USS Halyburton Deploys". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "USS Halyburton Assists in Rescue of Panamanian Crashed Helicopter". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "H.R. 6649 (112th): Naval Vessels Transfer Act of 2012". Retrieved 10 April 2014.
Media related to USS Halyburton (FFG-40) at Wikimedia Commons
- USS Halyburton official website
- navsource.org: USS Halyburton
- navysite.de: USS Halyburton
- MaritimeQuest USS Halyburton FFG-40 pages
- USS Halyburton command histories at the Naval History & Heritage Command