USS Halsey (DLG-23)

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USS Halsey (CG-23)
USS Halsey
USS Halsey (CG-23)
United States
NamesakeWilliam Halsey, Jr.
BuilderSan Francisco Naval Shipyard
Laid down26 August 1960
Launched15 January 1962
Sponsored byMargaret Denham and Jane Halsey
Commissioned20 July 1963
Decommissioned28 January 1994
ReclassifiedGuided-missile cruiser, 30 June 1975[1]
Stricken28 January 1994
FateSold for scrap to International Shipbreaking LTD, Brownsville, Texas. Scrapping completed 30 November 2003
General characteristics
Class and typeLeahy-class cruiser
Displacement7,903 tons
Length533 ft (162 m)
Beam53 ft (16 m)
Draft24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Speed32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement400 officers and enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys

The first USS Halsey (DLG-23, later CG-23), a Leahy-class guided missile cruiser was a ship of the United States Navy named in honor of Fleet Admiral William Halsey. Originally called a destroyer leader or frigate (DLG-23), on 30 June 1975 she was redesignated a cruiser (CG-23) in the U.S. Navy's ship reclassification.


Halsey launched 15 January 1962 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Denham and Miss Jane Halsey, granddaughters of the late Fleet Admiral; commissioned 20 July 1963. The ceremonies included a eulogy by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, on Fleet Admiral Halsey's illustrious career.


Halsey departed from San Francisco on 25 November 1963 for Dabob Bay and Carr Island to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system alignment tests and acoustical surveys until 7 December. She arrived at her home port of San Diego, California on 11 December 1963.

Halsey was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 7, Destroyer Division 71 on 13 December, and participated in a special sea power demonstration for the Secretary of the Navy, acting as screen commander from 15 to 18 December. She conducted her weapons qualification trials from 15 January 1964 to 14 February, and fired her first missiles on the Pacific Missile Range on 10 February 1964.

After a shakedown cruise from 16 March to 1 May, she returned to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 15 May 1964; and concluded her post-shakedown on 17 July 1964.

During her first years of active service, Halsey experimented with a unique system of internal organization combining all the aspects of the weapons systems and CIC under a combat officer; and separate hull and communications administration departments.

In 1966, Halsey was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 7, Destroyer Division 71, in the Pacific Fleet. On 2 July, she left San Diego for Subic Bay, Philippines. By August, she was conducting air-sea rescue and ASW operations in the South China Sea. During this period, Halsey rescued some 16 airmen in two cruises in the Gulf of Tonkin. On 5 December, the frigate departed from Yokosuka, Japan, for the West Coast, arriving at San Diego on 21 December.

The first quarter of 1967 was spent in training cruises off the West Coast. On 10 April, Halsey left San Diego for an overhaul period at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard that continued into August. By September, Halsey was again involved in further exercises testing her capabilities.

Halsey was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser and redesignated CG-23 on 30 June 1975.[1]


Halsey was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 January 1994. She was scrapped in 2003.


  1. ^ a b "Cruiser Photo Archive USS Halsey (DLG/CG 23)". NavSource Online. Retrieved 21 June 2015.