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|
|Motto:||Non sibi, sed Patriae (Not for self, but for Country)|
|Status:||Stricken, to be disposed of|
|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)|
|Draft:||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|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|
|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 in 1945.
Over its commissioned service, Halyburton earned numerous Battle 'E' awards for combat readiness. Halyburton was also one of the escorts for 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 Halyburton was part of a U.S. Navy rescue mission off the Horn of Africa where the captain of the U.S.-flagged merchant container vessel Maersk Alabama was held captive by Somalia pirates in a lifeboat. U.S. Navy SEALs brought the standoff to an end by simultaneously shooting and killing all three pirates in the lifeboat then being towed by Halyburton. The fourth pirate was on board 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 18 July, 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 her final deployment. She was scheduled to be decommissioned in late 2014.
Halyburton was ceremonially decommissioned on 6 September 2014 at Naval Station Mayport. Halyburton was formally decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register, 8 September 2014. Ex-Halyburton was listed as being berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She may be transferred to the Turkish Navy in 2015. In 2013, a bill to transfer Halyburton to Turkey in 2015 passed the US House of Representatives. However, the Senate did not take action on the bill and it did not become law.
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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